Would that be white smoke I see?

Cheers to Parcifal for spotting this:
Sinn Féin edged closer to an historic acceptance of policing in the North by tonight calling a special party conference for January on the issue.

Sinn Féin tonight edged closer to an historic acceptance of policing in the North by calling for a special party conference on the issue in January. Party president Gerry Adams got the support for the move from Sinn Féin’s 56 member national executive after a marathon six-hour talk session in Dublin. The decision follows intensive negotiations over Christmas between Sinn Féin and the British government, but the response of the DUP will be crucial to restoring a power-sharing administration in the North.

UPDATE: ‘Although this was the outcome everyone was expecting, it doesnt make it any less significant. ‘The BBC report from Denis Murray
UPDATE: The Sinn Fein statement
UPDATE: Peter Hain’s comments