Orde to go?

The Sunday Life is reporting that Hugh Orde may not be seeking renewal of his contract come August 2007. If so, this fits with a scenario proposed that may illuminate Sinn Fein’s policing timetable, for it will be the Policing Board that appoints his replacement. Connect the dots yourself.

Also in the Sunday Life, Ian Paisley Jr is chasing Gerry Adams’ fingerprints in regards to the murder of two policemen in 1971, with Hugh Orde confirming that the case is part of the historical inquiries investigations.

Meanwhile, The Observer reports that Ian Paisley Jr is set to grill Blair on the status of Martin McGuinness: is he or is he not J118/Fisherman/a British Agent? Whether the answer is yes or not, the damage the question does to McGuinness just may make it possible for the DUP to do the deal with SF, as it will render the spectre of Paisley FM to McGuinness DM null and void. First Minister Paisley to Deputy Minister Ruane (for example) may just be what the Doctor orders.

  • parcifal

    Rusty,
    The first report on Orde, leaves the door open for Gerry Kelly to apply for the post, ( he says mischeivously)
    The other stories are just mischief-making on the part of Ian Paisly Jnr.

    Hoping Pete Baker will do a thread later, but what was also of interest today was what Orde said on R4:

    “What we’re picking up on the streets is an increasing acceptance of our service, people are grateful for what we do, people are talking to us more and more behind the scenes.”

  • slug

    Can’t see Sinn Fein putting Ruane up for DFM; more likely to be Gerry Kelly.

  • Unless Phil Flynn, as new mentor, has his input, Mary Lou perhaps?

  • slug

    Mary Lou doesn’t have a seat at Stormont, so I think that would rule her out. However, she is often spoken of as the next leader of Sinn Fein.

  • Stand corrected.

    The accent of Mary Lou seems to be gathering pace, she has certainly hit the ground running and as to her being groomed for the next leader of Sinn Fein, she needs some more senior roles to prove her metal, a senior role in nexts years Irish General election will give more clarity as to Mary Lou’s ability.

  • Fanny

    “Mary Lou doesn’t have a seat at Stormont…”

    Does anybody? But seriously, what would she need to do to get one?

  • slug

    I think you mean her ascent, rather than her accent 🙂

  • slug

    Fanny, I think Mary Lou would have no difficulty getting a seat at Stormont, e.g. she could be parachuted into the current West Belfast vacancy. However, I am also sure that she sees her leadership as being from Dublin, which is her powerbase. She will be in the Dáil, and I guess that would give her a lot of leverage over Sinn Fein policy in terms of government coalitions and so on. Probably of more interest to her than being DFM in NI.

  • Fanny

    Thanks for that, slug.

    I was thinking that the time may be approaching when it would be advantageous to her to have her powerbase here rather than Dublin, as is the case with Gerry and Martin.

  • Fanny

    Somebody just looked over my shoulder and saw that I was discussing Mary Lou as a possible DFM in Stormont, facing off the dread Paisley.

    “Beauty and the Beast,” he said.

    I thought it was frightfully sexist of him. LOL

  • and justice for all

    It says a lot about the physical attractiveness of Irish politicians that Mary Lou McDonald is regarded as a ‘beauty’ or (vomit) ‘babe’.
    If you’ve ever seen her in the flesh, you’ll notice that her face is porcine and she has a body to match. A comely maiden she ain’t 😉
    I suppose when all you have to compare her to is Sue Ramsey and Bairbre…

  • Fanny

    ajfa:

    miauw!

  • circles

    Funny that – in all my time aposting here I’ve never read anybody post on the sexual attractiveness of any single male politician from any of the main protagonists. But suddenly a woman appears – and either she’s a babe or a pig.
    So much for the mature political discussions.

    MMcG will be Dep 1st Min, and Baby Doc will tire himself out with his righteous indignation. But the deal will be done in any case.

  • Fanny

    “I’ve never read anybody post on the sexual attractiveness of any single male politician from any of the main protagonists.”

    This . . . surprises you?

    Oo er, I think I’ve just got me the hots for gorgeous, pouting Mike McGimpsey.

  • Chris Donnelly

    R Nail

    Do you actually believe what you are writing? The idea that republicans would demote Martin McGuinness to suit the DUP is laughable.

    The investigation into Adams’ fingerprints smacks of a new version of the ‘McGuiness fired the first shots on Bloody Sunday’ campaign against Sinn Fein leaders.

  • casandra

    “But suddenly a woman appears – and either she’s a babe or a pig.”

    No, she’s DEFINITELY a pig.

  • and justice for all

    This may explain why she prefers the company of the butchers of human flesh.

  • Is the ball going to appear anywhere in this “debate”?

  • Rory

    How does a piece on the future of policing and possible ministers in a new assembly very swiftly take on the appearances of a drunken debate on animal husbandry?

    It’s as though all of a sudden Question Time were to be broadcast from a moonshine shack in the Ozarks.

  • POL

    Compared to Arlene Foster Mary Lou is a babe.But then compared to Arlene,Ann Widdicombe is is attractive.

  • Fanny

    “No, she’s DEFINITELY a pig.”

    “This may explain why she prefers the company of the butchers of human flesh.”

    Such Christian sentiments. Has this thread been hijacked by the more rabid of the Muslim fundamentalists? That’s precisely the sort of language they employ.

    Shameful and sad.

  • Fobo

    “The investigation into Adams’ fingerprints smacks of a new version of the ‘McGuiness fired the first shots on Bloody Sunday’ campaign against Sinn Fein leaders.”

    Indeed Chris, as we all know Gerry Adams was never a member of the IRA, or if he was then he is simply ashamed to have been.

  • Alan

    “The investigation into Adams’ fingerprints smacks of a new version of the ‘McGuiness fired the first shots on Bloody Sunday’ campaign against Sinn Fein leaders.”

    It’s still painful, nevertheless – some of us knew Cecil.