It’s worth highlighting the BBC’s note of DUP leader Ian Paisley’s response to Sinn Féin’s claim that he had agreed to use a form of words which confirmed a target date for devolving policing and justice – a target date which Peter Hain described earlier this week as “a Government objective, to which all parties should work.”.. in case you missed it, that is..From the BBC report
However, Mr Paisley said he had made no commitment which went beyond his recent public statements.
The DUP leader has previously denied he ever agreed that policing and justice powers would be transferred by 2008.
“I am not in the business of saying one thing in private and another in public,” Mr Paisley said on Friday.
“It is time for Sinn Fein to get down to business and deliver support for the police, the courts and the rule of law.
“Delivery from them, instead of delay and diversion, can help to start building confidence.”