“..and they’ve settled for that.”

More details of the arrangements connected with the expected Northern Ireland Executive meeting on Thursday may, or may not, emerge after the Assembly and Executive Review Committee’s closed session [Adds FairDeal has some details here], but for now the BBC political editor Mark Devenport’s report from yesterday’s Newsline is online here.

“This stand-off, Noel, was all about the fact that Sinn Féin wanted a definite date for the devolution of justice. I think tomorrow we’ll learn that they haven’t got that definite date, but they have got a process, a series of steps pointing to when and how this will be achieved and they’ve settled for that.”

[Another ‘target date’? – Ed] Maybe not even that. [Adds On TalkBack Mark Devenport described the arrangements as “a date-free zone”]. And the suggested process was what the DUP had been arguing for in parallel with continuing NI Executive meetings. Update Official statement by First and deputy First Ministers, letter to the A & E Review Committee [pdf file] and the associated Process paper [pdf file].Peter Robinson interviewed by Noel Thompson.

“All of these issues have to be dealt with and I want to deal with them. It doesn’t mean that one has to be taken out of synch with the others. It doesn’t mean that one has to take a greater priority than all the others. But I have said publicly that I want to see the devolution of policing and justice, but they must be devolved in the right manner, in the right way. with the right structures and with the right people who can get the confidence of the community in charge of them.”

RTÉ predicts, “They are not expected to give a specific deadline for completion of the work.”

So what was that 152-day stand-off about, again?

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  • Why am I still a UUP voter?

    A great triumph for the leadership of Sinn Fein! Assuming said leadership actually is MI5 . . .

    Seriously though, this whole issue has seen Slugger at its best, led in this regard by the indefatigable Pete B. I can almost feel myself gearing up to deliver a Gorgeous-George-to-Saddam horation in his honour. But I’ll spare him that. Given the unrivalled uselessness of the local media, Walkbore’s crapulent Beeb notwithstanding, SF’s bluster, spin and b*llsh*t might have stood some chance with its dimmer adherents, without this site. As it is, after this fiasco, can there really be any dupes left willing to believe in Adams & Murderin’ Marts’ strategic brilliance, other than, It Woz Sammy Wot Bored Us Rigid?

  • TRuth

    Well once again a great result for Robinson. He has set the tone for the future and Unionists of all persuasions need to get behind the First Minister to get Northern Ireland up and running-tackling the real problems.I bet he hits the ground running now weve established that Sinn Fein find themselves in the real world of politics without the shadow of the gunmen to bully their way to concessions.

  • USA

    Peter Faker,
    Two blogs about the big news today.
    You get 2 posts (now 3 counting me) while the other blog gets 81 posts. You reap what you sow Mr. Faker.
    You were way too biased, and your condescending arrogant attitude negated anything of value you may have had to say.
    Nobody wants to listen to you anymore.

  • Comrade Stalin


    you really need to get over your obsession. Pete’s other blog has 31 posts right now. I can’t see one with 81 ?