Government deadlocked since 19th June

That’s according to the Newsletter. Apparently she “cannot progress three pieces of proposed legislation work because the devolved government has not met since June 19”. There is a meeting of the Executive scheduled for Thursday, and no sign that anything inside the two main parties has changed. Yet there are according to Reg Empey some 38 papers stuck in the pipeline. The DUP’s Peter Weir claims that the First Minister has approved 30 of them for discussion by the Executive.

“It is my understanding that the First Minister has cleared over 30 papers, sufficient to fill two or three Executive agendas and he has sought to have the Executive meet on a number of occasions.

“Concerning recent issues that have received press attention, the DUP has said that we are willing to talk to other parties concerning other issues. Nevertheless, all parties should be in no doubt that attempting to frustrate the working of the Northern Ireland Executive in a vain attempt to get their own way will achieve nothing.”

If Empey is accurate, that leaves about eight key issues that the DUP are withholding approval of, with Sinn Fein effectively blocking thirty.

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  • PeaceandJustice

    Sinn Fein PIRA = Wreckers’ Charter

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    Now now P&J;, no need for that. I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation. Perhaps, SF are waiting for the documents to be translated to Irish…

  • Hogan

    Suddenly the ‘collective government’ triple locks and protections don’t seem to attractive do they?

    There’s a difference between strong government and stranglehold government, but tell that to the children in charge at Stormont?

  • wild turkey

    Are members of the executive on performance related pay, in particular pay related to the achievement of tangible outcomes? Given that the output of the executive to date is not significantly different from that which obtained during suspension of devolved govt, perhaps all MLAs should be returned to their reduced salary levels…and expenses.

    If not, why not?

    Any business run along these lines would have gone to the wall by now.

  • Steve

    The Dupers came out crowing about how they owned the executive and how they got everything they wanted and kept SF from getting their way, well everything has a cost and now the Dupers are at the till and they are finding their pockets considerably shallower then they claimed

    At this point it is obvious that the Dupers have the most to lose if Storomont collapses SF will simply go back to getting what they want by bitching about direct rule and working in councils where their effect is more appreciated and directly relatable.