The DUP/Sinn Féin “working group” on parades is due to report back to the Northern Ireland First and deputy First Ministers “By [Tuesday] 23 February”. But, as BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport noted on Thursday, there is every indication that the working group’s report will not be made public.
The FM and DFM expressed optimism that their parades working group would hit the Tuesday deadline for a report on new structures to deal with contentious marches. But they did not commit to publishing that report, indicating only that it would be forwarded to the legal draftsmen and that the public would see any legislation they might produce.
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But the DUP leader said there was a focus now on delivering on the devolution of policing and justice, and on implementing a new beginning to the overseeing of parades.
All parties in the Executive would, he said, be privy to the conclusions of a working group due to report within days on a new system for securing local accommodation on problem marches.
Which doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get sight of the full report itself. And all Executive business is supposed to be confidential.