With a meeting taking place today of the North South Ministerial council there is increasing contempt for these meetings in DUP circles. Sources close to the DUP ministerial team ‘snigger’ at the cross-border bodies. They view them as an unnecessary expense which is not giving money for value. No one has said that the existence of these cross-border bodies served by a dedicated secretariat in Armagh will become another precondition for the transfer of policing and justice powers.
The sense one gets however in talking to some ministers and DUP staffers is that they want these bodies ‘hollowed out.’ Micheal Martin is leading the Irish government’s delegation in the talks at Stormont Castle.