On BBC Newsline (Realplayer reqd) Conor Murphy has made clear Sinn Fein’s preconditions for the special Ard Fheis:
“The transfer of policing and justice powers – a timeframe for that, the type of department that those powers will be transferred to. Those are the issues that need resolved. Those can be resolved quite quickly and allow us to take our decisions on policing.”
The lack of clarity on the future of the PIRA and the related absence of an exclusion mechanism are among DUP concerns with the St Andrew’s Agreement. Is there not an obvious quid pro quo? The PIRA disbands. This reduces significantly the need for an exclusion mechanism. It also boosts public confidence, necessary for devolution of policing and justice powers.