DUP have a cunning plan…

THE DUP have a six-point plan for devolution. According to the Beeb, it includes an end to IRA paramilitary activity, republican support for the rule of law and “fundamental changes to the Good Friday Agreement”. Since those boxes will all be able to be ticked in the very near future, I wonder what else is on the list? Today, Jeffrey Donaldson cunningly conjured another obstacle out of the air when he said: “We differ from the IMC in their view that it’s not a matter of concern that the command and control structure of the IRA remains intact. If they are no longer engaged in criminal or paramilitary activity, there’s no need for that and we will want to see that structure dismantled.” Since the IMC is expected to give the ‘RA a clean bill of health in its report on Wednesday – by saying a politically-minded IRA can’t be held responsibly for members carrying out unsanctioned criminal operations or the like – I guess this move from the DUP is not unexpected. But if even Bobby Storey is hanging up his cloak and dagger and Gerry Kelly ready to jump onto the Policing Board, can the DUP really resist moving until yet another IMC report?

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