“commitments and obligations which have to be honoured..”

With Sinn Féin’s desperate threat hanging in the air, and the BBC’s Mark Devenport was getting mixed messages from the party at the weekend, party leader Gerry Adams has decided to issue a statement – not about the threat.. but about other issues.

The St. Andrews Agreement set out a number of commitments and obligations which have to be honoured. These include the transfer of powers on policing and justice which was to be concluded by May and an Irish Language Act. These are key issues of democratic accountability and equality.

Except, St Andrews didn’t set out a commitment to devolve policing and justice powers by May. As Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister appeared to acknowledge recently – “as you well know..” Perhaps this is the response to his party’s Ard Fheis motion..