“mood music inside the Castle WAS improving recently..”

BBC NI political editor, and blogger, Mark Devenport draws together some thoughts, after 21 weeks of Sinn Féin blocking NI Executive meetings, on the closed session Assembly and Executive Review Committee meeting about that letter of agreement and the hush-hush trip to Downing St. He also notes

Neither the DUP nor Sinn Fein were interviewed for a companion report going out on tonight’s BBC Newsline at 6.30pm. Is that because a) they are embarrassed talking about it or b) their secret talks are on the brink of a breakthrough?

Probably (a). Although, those aren’t mutually exclusive answers.. Of course, they certainly wouldn’t want any “stupid” questions.. But, if (b) then, as Mark also notes, why the belligerent tone from Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams on the eve of a DUP executive meeting?