In Martina Purdy’s start of term report on the Northern Ireland Assembly, Queen’s University’s Rick Wilford identifies one or two, related, “challenges” ahead. The economy. And the transfer of policing and justice powers. From the BBC report.
Certainly, Queen’s University professor Rick Wilford said the pressure is on, and that the First and Deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, will be leading an Executive where money is increasingly tight in a depressed economy. “That’s the number one challenge, I think,” he said.
“They have (also) got the problem of trying to devolve policing and justice and Martin McGuinness has been talking about a Christmas deadline. I’m not sure that Father Christmas will be delivering that on time. I think that might slip yet again.”