Peter Robinson: Jeffrey’s deal breaker not a deal breaker…

Peter Robinson says the expertise in the outgoing full time police can be harnessed in a civilian capacity. Jeffrey Donaldson’s so called deal breaker ‘retention as police officers or no devolution of policing and justice’ seems to have withered on the vine [see Jim Allister’s statement yesterday] in the wake of a DUP chief constable meeting this afternoon. This would mean the serving officers would get an opportunity to be an absorbed potentially as civilians because of their experience.

Posted on behalf of Eamonn Mallie…

  • couldn’t comment – shouldn’t

    Congratulations to Matt Baggott, round one to him – wee jeffrey on the canvass out for the count!

    DUP – pathetic

  • Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Them.

    Where to now Jeffrey

  • elvis parker

    Dear me the DUP are all over the shop!
    Wee Jeffrey obviously not in the loop!

  • Anonymous

    Victory for the TUV.

    Victory for Matt Baggott.

    Victory for Sinn Fein.

    Loss for Jeffrey Donaldson.

    Catastrophe for the DUP.

    Result – Jim Allister, MP, North Antrim

  • Sean

    Maybe time for wee jeffery to jump to the next ship.

    I wonder who will pop up to the right of the Tuvites in 10 years

  • alan56

    This announcement by Robbo seriously undermines Jeffrey Donaldsons position. Next time he talks of a ‘deal breaker’ nobody will take him seriously. His gravitas as a negotiator is gone.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    One serious media gaffe over Libya and now more media muddle over the Reserve – the DUP do have some of the hallmarks of a ship that perhaps is not sinking but seriously listing.

    Sean, and talking of sinking ships and rats,

    re. “Maybe time for wee jeffery to jump to the next ship”

    As fat boy Churchill remarked

    “Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat”

  • Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Em.

    To Jeffrey

    Why don/t you release a single with your douple-ganger Daniel O’ Donnell

    And if you are not given a number 1 then everbody else cannot have Policing and Justice devolved.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Em,

    Other Norn Iron lookalikes.

    Ian Humphreys (Ulster Rugby) and Grizzly Adams(former non-member of the IRA)

    Martin Mc Guinness (First Minister elect) and Ole Gunnar Machine Gunner Solskjær (former Manchester United player)

  • Anon

    Lost for words really.

    Its a strange day when the only people laughing will be the TUV and Sinn Fein.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    The DUP having first decided to list all the things that were pre-conditions have perhaps now decided to list all the things that are not?

    What further excitement will tomorrow bring?

  • What’s Eamonn wittering on about? Is he relying on political press releases instead of checking primary sources?

    JD on Nolan 44 mins in: “what we want to hear from the Chief Constable is how he’s going to absorb these officers [who wish to stay] into the full time police”

    Perhaps Eamonn could address the current deficit of around 450 constables instead of exaggerating poor wee Jeffrey’s difficulties with the English language.

    Even Jim Allister or his associates failed to spot that 44 min contribution by Jeffrey when they pinned up the supposed 5 hour delay in ‘backtracking’.

  • Harry

    The British government really need to take some action now. This is getting quite ridiculous. As a unionist, I know that some concerns must be addressed before P&J is devolved but the DUP are simply trying to stall the process. I think we can devolve P&J now – we have a good financial package from the government and the more we hither and dither, the more dissidents will be able to take advatage.

    What is interesting is that is there a split within the DUP gathering over devolution of P&J? It seems like some DUP members, Donaldson for one, doesn’t want devolution of P&J, and if it is delivered – will they leave the party? I find it quite ironic how Donaldson and Foster for example gave the UUP so much stick over power-sharing with Sinn Fein, but now are happy to sit in government with them! Maybe their natural home is in the TUV!

  • Jo

    Perhaps after this episode, politicians might think twice before going anywhere near Nolan’s show.

    Regular appearances by David Vance and now Allister (spitting anger and venom on Radio Ulster this evening again show that this man is not interested in reasoned debate – thats for elsewhere – but only in blustering and ranting and provocation – whatever the consequences.

    I docan’t say I have ever felt sorry for wee Jeffrey, but I do now. And the same utter contempt for the others, above. Provoke, rant and rave – and its always someone else that gets buried.

  • Anon

    Does Eamonn ever get his hair cut? I seen him on the TV and his hair looks sad!!
    Go to a barber

  • Driftwood

    Robinson must be ripping, at least now he knows how Empey(and Trimble)felt. Of course it doesn’t help that he doesn’t appear to have a guide book or path for the stray dogs to follow.

    Donaldson shows why he never got above Corporal.

    Don’t Panic!

    Embarrassing and quite an early Christmas present for SF.

  • alan56

    Robbo is a serious and experienced political operator. He must have known that this would look like a ‘put down’ to Donaldson but he still did it. His audience of choice here must have been SF…and the message?…we are raedy to do business.

  • Expenses111

    How long will it be to Peter Weir, Arlene Foster and Jeffrey Donaldson jump to the TUV>

  • Jo

    Well, those names might also include Gregory…but….why would they fracture the leading party?

    Think of it: a SF First Minister would be a source of delight to gerry Adams, martin Mcguinness – and Jim Allister. Thats what the latter wants more than anything and what is likely to be the hieghtof his political achievement. Time onethinks, for some revelations about his behaviour in Europe as an MEP….? :0

  • Rory Carr

    Couldn’t the police reservists be put to good use as School crossing operatives or ‘lollipop men’, as the kiddie-winks endearingly refer to them?

    It would certainly suit them – it’s a part-time job and they won’t have to start until they’re 65. And of course they each get to wear a peaked cap and carry a great big stick for stopping traffic but which can also be employed for thumping people they don’t like which should keep them happy.

    Submit word: “Special”. “Spooky”, as Dame Edna might say.

  • andrew white

    anyone know what Jim Allisters plan is to keep the PSNI reserve, he must have one given the amoutn of stick he gave Robbo, mustnt he?

  • aquifer

    A full time reserve is a contradiction in terms, not a modern policing resource. There should be no back door into the PSNI for the many FT reserve people who did not make the RUC cut.

    ‘the expertise in the outgoing full time police can be harnessed in a civilian capacity’

    Absolutely. Bouncers, traffic wardens, father christmases, iraqi security consultants.

    I don’t care but please do not put them in a PSNI uniform in my street. They just make a bigger slower target for the five men and a pistol Ireland forever gangs.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    If Jimbo was asked he would no doubt fall back on the sentiment in that old Irish saying – Well I wouldnt be starting from here – but the logic of his position is probably the same as some within the DUP that Robbo is currently arm wrestling with at the moment – if the British and SF dont give us what we want then we wont give them what they want ie No Reserve (plus numerous other add ons) No transfer of Police.

    It remains to be seen if Robbo shares that view or whether there is support within his party to swallow hard and hope Jimbo’s attraction to a growing number in Unionism runs out of puff.

  • Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Em.

    Unionists appear to be heading for the outer reaches.

    Whats out there for them ?

  • Jo

    There was more than a hint of civilianisation in what even JA thought would be the Reserves future. “Office jobs” Well? If the resevres don’t do it it means additonal expend on recruitment.

    Thats worth quite a lot, actually. Unless they value so much their allowances. I doubt it.

  • dewi

    Enough I think – if the DUP ain’t bothered about a Shared Future then Sinn Fein need to take this nonsense down.

  • tkbytesback

    Slipping the Reserves into ‘civilian’ jobs is nonsense .. its breaks equality legislation and already civilian posts within the PSNI lag well behind their own equality targets. Baggott is already in the NIO slip stream -swimming it seems with SF and DUP ..well part of it.

  • Premium Rate DVD watcher

    Keep on digging Jeffrey. Contact ‘Allister Digger Hire’ for a JCB- 1st 6 weeks are free.

    Submit word- help.

    Indeedy dody.

  • daisy

    Mark Carruthers did quite a number of JD this morning. The media are running rings around him and all he can do is stomp in indignation.

    And which community is it they keep referring to when talking about community confidence? Their own voters, I presume.

  • daisy

    Mark Carruthers did quite a number ON JD this morning, not of.

  • Asad

    Oh goodness, I just went back and read my previous post and it sounds a little, um, menacing. This short woman does not possess a handgun. Nice Nancy. Nonviolent Nancy…
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