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Noel McAdam on the latest news on your friendly, flexible, stretchable deadline.

At present a power-sharing Executive including the DUP and Sinn Fein is due to go ‘live’ on March 26, just over three weeks after the poll. But, the sources indicate, the gap could be stretched until September, partly conceived as a “testing” period, if progress on the crucial policing issue proves impossible.

Gerry Adams was today coming under pressure amid growing fears the governments’ devolution timetable could slip. The Sinn Fein President was facing an essentially personal decision whether to call a meeting of his party’s executive which could summon a full ard fheis on the policing issue.

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