“No amount of wishful thinking can deny this position.”

The Northern Ireland First Minister has responded to the Northern Ireland deputy First Minister’s speech, both speaking on behalf of their respective parties.

“The target date of May was set by the two governments alone,” [Ian Paisley Snr] added. “It is not a date that has been endorsed by the DUP. At no time did any Democratic Unionist indicate that May 2008 was a credible date for the transfer of policing and justice powers to Stormont. No amount of wishful thinking can deny this position.”


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