5.1 We have in this report identified the range and tempo of dissident republican activities as the most serious current threat. There are security and intelligence contributions to be made to addressing the developing problems. However, the early devolution of policing and justice powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive could provide a potent intervention. This would not be because the dissidents would be impressed by it. It would be because policing and justice would no longer be a point of contention across the political divide; rather, it would be a platform for co-operation against those trying to undermine the peace process.
Discussion on the detail of those powers continues at the Assembly and Executive Review Committee.
It is hard to see how the devolution of policing became such a republican cause that Sinn Fein held up Executive meetings for five months over the head of it.
Whatever happens, the Chief Constable will retain operational independence and the Policing Board will hold his force accountable.
The minister will do little more than administer the budget, though there may be more work on the justice side.
When Sinn Fein and the British government made it such a big issue that gave the DUP leverage which Peter Robinson used to extract concessions.
It all happened inside the beltway, with relatively little public interest in the outcome, but the money was real enough.
A quick reminder of why Sinn Féin have been so exercised about devolving those powers as soon as possible.