At last – it’s a deal..!

THE DUP’s Assembly members have backed the proposed deal on the devolution of policing and justice. Peter Robinson says the decision was “unanimous”. The deal now goes to the party executive for ratification. The proposal extends to powers that the Executive already has, Robinson added. The British and Irish premiers seem likely to be back in Belfast very soon. Robinson said:

We have had a very constructive meeting of our assembly group and I had the opportunity to put to them proposals which we have been working on. Everyone present believes that this is consistent with our election manifesto and pledges we have made to the people. We look forward to going tomorrow to Hillsborough and the document should be published.