Dithering? Preparations? Progress?

Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd doesn’t believe progress has been made between the parties:
“So are we preparing for government? At this stage, I would say no, we’re not.”

The DUP’s Gregory Campbell, speaking at the Glencree Summer School, agrees that little has been resolved but that issues have been identified and the priorities clear:
“…the committee has provided the opportunity to identify which particular issues parties feel most strongly about, and which will be the most difficult to address in subsequent negotiations.” He adds there is major work ahead:
“The broad range of issues discussed by the PFG Committee illustrates the raft of matters that still have to be settled.”