“But they did not commit to publishing that report..”

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.

And from a separate report

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.

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  • Excellent work from Mr Robinson, if he can keep a muzzle on Reginald and prevent him from sharing the details with a suspicious Unionist electorate he may get away with it we may get over the finish line.

    This is a new variation on theme of cutting a deal which allows each side to claim victory with the extra added layer of obfuscation that nobody other than the parties can actually see it and challenge the parties about their claim to have got outcome they required.

    Just what the (spin) doctor ordered.

  • joeCanuck

    Peter R is becoming quite the expert in not issuing reports.
    Still, leaks, deliberate or not, always occur.It would seem that Peter hasn’t been given a complete exoneration; from a leak, the Barriser says something like “from the information given
    to me by PR, I cannot conclude that he broke any rule…”.
    Rather an arse covering type of wishy washy statement.

  • cynic47

    How can they expect the public to express any confidence in the deal if they continue to work behind closed doors and keep the finished detail inhouse? I wonder will the DUP MLA’s, especially the snowmen, be made privy to the outcome of the committee work? Silence can lead to uninformed conjecture and I would imagine that Jim will be right in there stirring it and who could blame him. Own goal or what? Read today that Iris could be about to make a Tiger Woods type public apology. Surely they can’t be serious?? Not even Dundela Avenue could come up with something as crass as this. Could they??

  • Pete Baker

    For the benefit of those already making assumptions.

    It’s worth noting that the publication of the working group’s report would require the agreement of both the First and deputy First Ministers…

  • joeCanuck

    But what about the Barrister’s report, Pete?

  • If it is Public Money paying for anything then the Public own it and have every right to revel in every letter of a report commissioned for their Greater Good.

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    Capiche. If you can’t share what you have produced with everyone, then is it Not Fit for Future Purpose and is a Fraud knowingly Perpetrated against the Nation.

    J’accuse ….. everytime there is an attempt at such …… well, treasonous sedition and political madness are words which immediately spring to mind for such Fools’ Folly.

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