“You could not conclude there is any great momentum..”

Hain’s assembly closed today for a summer recess, apart from Hain’s committee which meets again on Monday, and the debate was marked by severe criticism of the Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland and his approach to the current political process from all parties, except for Sinn Féin who added their criticism outside the chamber since they’re still boycotting debates. More interesting was the appearance in Stormont of Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte, leaders of Fine Gael and the Irish Labour Party, clearly presenting themselves as, potentially, the next Irish Government and meeting with the various parties today – RTÉ reports that they were not optimistic of the 24 November deadline being met.