As Pete notes there will be an officer board meeting next Tuesday, and possibly another of the Ard Comhairle. Count forward two weeks after that and we are within two or three working days of Hain’s deadline of 29th January – hence Blair’s flight home? Interestingly some of the dissenters inside the DUP have been signalling their continuing disenchantment by bypassing the party’s Press Office and releasing their own discordant statements. And we have some indications of decidedly acrid smoke within the party.
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