Geraldine Dougan has confirmed concerns over policing. John Kelly and Brendan Hughes are claiming intimidation of republicans who wish to attend policing debates and that SF fear an electoral challenge. A Sinn Fein spokesperson uncategorically rejected the claims:
“This is total nonsense. It has no basis in fact or reality.”
Interesting coincidence, so far SF have lost or cut a fifth of its existing MLAs. This corresponds with the level of outright opposition among SF voters (pdf file) in the Hearts and Minds poll. Meanwhile, 4 DUP councillors (3 Ballymena, 1 Limavady) attended an anti-St Andrews meeting and posed for a photograph with Bob McCartney.