First Minister wants Westminster to take the strain on gender issues…

The deadline for the Gender Goods and Services Directive was today, but there’s no sign of it as Stormont closed its doors this afternoon. Despite the fact that it is a devolved issue, but it looks like the First Minister has got cold feet on dealing with it directly. He’s been asking if Wesminster can deal with it through orders in council. Slugger hears the FM’s faint heartedness led t a rather stormy session of the FMDFM Committee on Wednesday in which members of his own party expressed grave concern that Wesminister is being petitioned to make decisions that should be made by the Assembly.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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