From Gary Kent in Belfast:
Timing is everything in politics. It has taken time and determination to overcome official objections to holding the Body in Belfast. It took time for the DUP to swallow hard and send a delegation to the last meeting of the British-Irish Interparliamentary Body in Northern Ireland in the south. It was expected that the meeting in Belfast would be addressed by Tony Blair and perhaps joined by the DUP but the dominant timeline is now framed by 24 November. Instead, today is an opportunity for various civil society groups to set out their stalls.The next meeting will be down the road in Dublin and will be addressed by Bertie. The outstanding issue is whether An Taoiseach will be joined by First Minister Paisley?