“Is now the time? No.”

Given that Sinn Féin had previously suggested [pre 26th March 2007] that the party “will propose that the First Minister and Deputy First Minister will reduce the number of departments to take effect at the time of transfer of powers on policing and justice”, it was interesting to hear Northern Ireland Executive junior Minister, SF’s Gerry Kelly, tell BBC NI’s Jim Fitzpatrick that, “It could be premature to deal with this issue now.” This ‘issue’ being tomorrow’s NI Assembly debate on the DUP motion to reduce the number of departments, and Ministers, in the NI Executive. Could November prove to be the time? It might be. It just requires the semi-accountable, and semi-detached, polit-bureau to agree.. as you well know..