“a frantic day, full of bilateral, trilateral and multilateral meetings”

An interesting note in the PA report quotes a “talks source” as elsewhere meetings are scheduled to begin and the current Speaker, Eileen Bell, postpones today’s plenary session of the assembly

“With the Assembly due to meet at noon to nominate ministers, the parties are anxious to avoid that taking place because they know the DUP cannot appoint ministers. In fact, if a plenary session does take place, that would not be a good sign.”

From the PA report

A talks source said: “There is a race against time going on now that Peter Hain has set off the clock on devolution.

“It looks like we are going to face a frantic day, full of bilateral, trilateral and multilateral meetings involving the parties in the Assembly.

“It is looking more likely we could see Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams facing each other across the negotiating table in a bid to agree a new power-sharing date. However, a face-to-face meeting is not a done deal.

“With the Assembly due to meet at noon to nominate ministers, the parties are anxious to avoid that taking place because they know the DUP cannot appoint ministers. In fact, if a plenary session does take place, that would not be a good sign.”

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  • nmc

    a face-to-face meeting is not a done deal

    Ridiculous.

  • SuperSoupy

    The meeting is in progress.

  • Yokel

    An agreement on a timetable is not a done deal either….though they’ll likely come up with something.

  • SuperSoupy
  • dodrade

    Paisley says 8th may.

  • Lumpenprole

    I never, ever thought I would see this day.

  • SuperSoupy

    No mention of testing anyone from the DUP. Regular meetings between Paisley and McGuinness. 3 mentions of agreement with SF. Absolute commitment to working all the institutions. Joint meeting of SF and DUP with Brown.

  • Lumpenprole

    Adams – “new start, with the help of God!”.

    I nearly fell of the chair!

  • SuperSoupy

    “Tús maith, leath na hoibre”

    Says it all. What a great sight and hopeful sign.

  • dodrade

    Note too how they sat “together” either side of the table corner, coreographed to the finest detail.

  • Lumpenprole

    “Tús maith, leath na hoibre”

    Translation please?

  • SuperSoupy

    LP,

    A good start is half the work.

  • Ian

    Now that wasn’t too difficult was it?

    If only Paisley had met Adams years ago…

  • SuperSoupy

    Empey and Rodgers trying desperately to be as negative as possible but why no sign of Durkan or any elected member of the SDLP?

  • Lumpenprole

    Ian

    It was extremely difficult for me as a DUP supporter to watch it, but I realise it is the right thing to do.

  • Lumpenprole

    Have to say I think its clear that Reg has learnt nothing from the election.

  • Michael

    Very interesting stuff. Paisley referred on a number of occaisons to preparatory meetings betwen the first nad deputy first minister. Changed times indeed. He also mentioned the minister hiiting the ground running. Things are suddenly moving very fast.

  • Harris

    “It was extremely difficult for me as a DUP supporter to watch it, but I realise it is the right thing to do.”

    Paisely and his boys looked like they were surrendering under extreme duress, while the Sinn Fein crew sat idly by, trying to control their inner laughter.

  • Lumpenprole

    Durkan in good form. He’s right to focus on Hain – he has been humiliated by the whole thing.

  • Bemused

    “”It was extremely difficult for me as a DUP supporter to watch it, but I realise it is the right thing to do.”

    Paisely and his boys looked like they were surrendering under extreme duress, while the Sinn Fein crew sat idly by, trying to control their inner laughter.”

    Couldn’t have put it better myself.

  • Michael

    “It was extremely difficult for me as a DUP supporter to watch it, but I realise it is the right thing to do.”

    It says it all really. The last few months have been difficult for both republicans and DUP supporters but, as the speakers said, both realise it is right.
    Hopefully this is attitude is shared by the majority of DUP supporters.

  • SuperSoupy

    LP,

    Durkan seems to be hunting for negatives just like Rodgers.

    I think Hain comes out of this fine. He got the deal. No one but Empey and Durkan will be attacking him for delivering a little late but delivering very big.

  • Lumpenprole

    SS

    The problem Hain faces is that its clear he was over-ruled by the PM, acting at the DUP’s behest. He has been fairly humbled, I think.

  • Ian

    The point of the deadline wasn’t to meet the specific date but to force the DUP to stop faffing and sign up to power-sharing. This has been achieved – six weeks is neither here nor there.

    Hain will get his fair share of the credit when all is said and done.

  • George

    The losers in this are the SDLP and the UUP, not Hain. The DUP and SF look like they can and will do business.

    In the UK they are fully aware the patience of Job was required for this and Hain seems to have got the Job done.

    (P.S. The ultimate southern nightmare: unification with a single northern party that is so large it has to be permanently in government – DUP/SF)

  • David

    I wonder how long this civil partnership of convenience will last?

  • Briso

    I picked the wrong day to give up LSD.

  • overhere

    SS

    Can you translate the other Irish quotes frmo Gerry Adams as the guys here in London are asking me what they mean
    Thanks
    Sean

  • Greenflag

    Ian,

    ‘Hain will get his fair share of the credit when all is said and done. ‘

    That he will and more if this Assembly lasts a full term. Paisley had no intention of meeting Adams face to face . He did so only under duress -it was either that or dissolution . In order to save his political skin and his ‘legacy’ Paisley was ‘forced’ to lose face and meet Adams in direct talks . Better late than never. Paisley may have got the timing right even if by default thanks to Peter Hain’s DDD (Devolution Dissolution Deadline).

    Gerry Adams mercifully rowed in behind Paisley’s very public kowtow for many reasons not least being the ‘electoral ‘ benefit he hopes to pick up in the Republic’s coming election. Adams probably can’t believe his political luck. Not for the first time and probably not for the last Paisley has once again given a boost to the political fortunes of SF.

    Hain will now be only too glad to step back and allow DUP/SF to move ahead .

    Time for Paisley to step down from politics soon and go back to his church . He can leave the day to day politics to Robinson /Dodds etc .

  • I think its the language in the two statements that is what we’ve been waiting to hear for a long time. well done.
    wedding bells

  • SuperSoupy

    Sean,

    Put the quotes up and I’m sure someone will help. I just about got the proverb.

  • overhere

    Ss Thanks matey will do

    Can anyone out there help me with the first two quotes. SS helped with the third one

    Ta muid buioch daoibh go leir.

    Ach ta tus nua ann anois le cuidiu De.

    Tus maith leath na hoibre
    A good start is half the work

    Thanks
    Sean

  • Yokel

    Oh dear oh dear, yes Paisley was only doing it at the point of a gun blah blah.

    Wind yer necks in,

    I think the words ‘pre-arrangement’ come to mind. The DUP gave their voters the deal their voters were after, hard bargaining, but a deal.

    SF give their voters what they were after.

    Spot the link, their voters.

  • Bemused

    Overhere.

    Ta muid buioch daoibh go leir = We’re grateful to you all.

    Ach ta tus nua ann anois le cuidiu De = But now there’s a new start with the help of God.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Overhere

    Major health warning that my Irish is as rusty as the Titanic these days, but I think “Ach ta tus nua ann anois le cuidiu De” means something like: “But we can now make a new start, with the help of God.”

    And “Ta muid buioch daoibh go leir,” means something like “We are all-thankful”. Depends on context.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Actually, Bemused’s translation of “Ta muid buioch daoibh go leir,” sounds like the right one in this context. Told you I was rusty!

  • overhere

    Guys

    Appreciate your help, should see if there are any Irish classes in Kent 🙂

    Sean

  • acatag

    WE ACCEPT YOUR SURRENDER DUP “ers!!!!!!!