“The Northern Ireland input is still being considered by the Deputy First Minister.”

Not just the basis of our political system, in its operation too. The BBC report that our devolved administration has “failed to contribute to a major European report on minority languages” because, after a reported ten month delay, “The First Minister and the Deputy First Minister cannot agree on the report about what is actually happening here in respect of the European charter”. Apparently the NIO threw together a few pages instead. From the report

In a statement Stormont’s Department of Culture said a report had been produced but has not been agreed by the Executive. In a written answer to the Stormont Assembly the Culture Minister Gregory Campbell laid the blame with the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

He said: “The Northern Ireland input is still being considered by the Deputy First Minister. “I raised this issue at the Executive meeting on Thursday 23 April but agreement has still not been achieved. “At this stage I am unable to specify when the report might be finalised. “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised my Department that the UK Report will issue to the Council of Europe in the near future, including input from the Northern Ireland Office, but without input from the Northern Ireland Executive.”

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