In an interesting move, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness hasn’t followed the advice of his party leader to “let the dust settle”, and instead has issued a statement, quoting the hyperbolic Secretary of State’s early “seismic” response to the last ard chomairle meeting, claiming that “It is obvious that Ian Paisley has not agreed with the assessment of the DUP’s position set out by British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday.” [Did Peter Hain clarify that proposal? – Ed] Adds BBC report notes DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson’s responseFrom the BBC report
In a statement DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson said that it was Sinn Fein who had to “face up to delivering on policing”.
He said that the Northern Ireland Office had “acknowledged their satisfaction” with Mr Paisley’s “very full statement” in response to the PM’s assessment.
“Clearly Sinn Fein is experiencing severe difficulties on the necessity to give full support to the police, the courts and the rule of law,” he said.
“We are not in the business of making their task any more difficult but in reality they themselves must face up to delivering on the policing issue.”