Interesting line from Mark Devenport who asked Sammy Wilson whether the linking of education reforms to the November deadline for a deal put pressure on his party, Wilson answered, yes but… The ‘but’ being that it could not alter the party’s bottom line re the conduct of the IRA. Indeed he criticised the Secretary of State for incentivising the pro education reform Sinn Fein to ‘miss’ the requirements for meeting that deadline. Meanwhile at Bodenstown Gerry Kelly again called for the governments to move on without the DUP.
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