“That is some bill..”

Apparently the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive Review Committee have been told by an independent think-tank that the NI Executive face a shortfall in funding for policing and justice of “more than £600million” – if those powers are to be devolved. Earlier this year, some of that bill was acknowledged by the NI Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, as being the responsibility of the UK government. Of course, MI5’s bill remains an un-devolved matter. According to Mark Devenport in the clip the figure was in a report by the NI Economic Research Centre, but I think he must mean the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland. According to their website – “ERINI is classified as an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).”

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Classic straw-mannery from the DUP – the Englezes always knew they would have to put their hand in their pocket on this one and SF and the DUP knew likewise.

    Convienent cover for the DUP as they continue slowly along the path mapped out for them by the Englezes.

  • Pete Baker


    Cast your mind back to May 2008

    And ask youself, who exactly is attempting to revise history here.

    That’s a rhetorical question, btw.

    In the meantime,

    “Would it not make sense to have a target date?”

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    the DUP, as we have seen all along, have understandably certain sensitivities on the transfer of police and justice and the deadline thing is clearly one of them. As long as they continue, albeit slowly, down their allocated route there is no need for any excitement (nor was there any need) on the issue of deadlines/target dates.

    Robbo seems to be supplying the necessaries.