Downing Street visit “routine”..

Whilst the Northern Ireland Executive grinds to a halt the DUP and Sinn Féin have been visiting Gordon Brown in Downing St. Separately, of course. [I’m sure he appreciates the timing – Ed]. NI First Minister Peter Robinson, and Culture Minister Gregory Campbell, dropped in yesterday. Today it was the turn of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams, MP, MLA.

The DUP has played down talk of deadlock at Stormont, while Sinn Féin described its Downing Street visit as “routine”.