Council reform founders on semi-detached polit-bureau rocks

The BBC reports that, after a weekend of private talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin, the Northern Ireland Executive semi-detached polit-bureau have failed to agree on the proposed reform of local government.  From the BBC report

Next year council elections will be based on the original model of 26.

SDLP, Sinn Fein and Alliance ministers all voted for the 11 council model but the three DUP ministers voted against. The UUP ministers did not vote.

Michael McGimspey, Sir Reg Empey and Edwin Poots absented themselves from the vote due to their roles as councillors.

The Environment Minister Edwin Poots, will write to the Northern Ireland Office Minister, Hugo Swire recommending that he proceeds with elections for the 26 councils.

Which leaves moot the issue of the boundaries…