RTÉ reports confirmation that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, will use the opportunity in Manchester next week to hold talks on a number of issues. Among the items listed in the report
They will discuss the devolution of justice and policing powers from Westminster to the North. It is now accepted this is unlikely to happen by the target date of May 2008.
Although, it’s also worth noting that not everyone will publicly acknowledge that acceptance.. despite the evidence. Perhaps something for the next Londonderry meeting to discuss?Of course, if there’s time, they might also want to continue that non-public conversation on the future for the Common Travel Area and how the new e-border controls fit in..