Conditionality finally removed…

Another interesting line from the Irish Times. Frank Millar notes that substantial opposition within the DUP seems to have collapsed , and there is no ‘conditionality’ clause within the DUP’s resolution. Matching Adams’ lack of conditionality in his interview with An Phoblacht.

Party sources confirmed that MPs Nigel Dodds, Gregory Campbell, David Simpson and William McCrea had all backed the alternative strategy, largely credited to deputy leader Peter Robinson, and fully supported by Dr Paisley. The sources also confirmed the additional assurance for Mr Adams that there would be no further vote by the DUP executive, and that delegates were told on Saturday they were voting for or against an “absolute commitment” to enter government on the stated date.

The DUP resolution stated that it’s “firm commitment” was offered “in an environment where no one, including government, goes back on any of the advances and commitments made.” Given Sinn Féin agreement, Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain would act to preserve that “environment” by introducing emergency legislation in the House of Commons tomorrow, amending the existing Act and incorporating a May date for the appointment of ministers.

However, as one senior journalist quipped to Slugger this morning, “if they think it’s all over, they’ve another thing coming”. Cue sardonic laughter…

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