OFMdFM: “All decisions go into a hat where they sit until there is a breakthrough…”

With yesterday’s post at the Compromise After Conflict blog at QUB in mind, via Steven McCaffrey at The Detail a useful description from on of the major political players in Northern Irish politics, the Louth TD and President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams:

“Negotiations are ongoing. Negotiations are now part of life. There isn’t a day goes past that Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson – even though they might never use the word negotiation – aren’t talking about something and trying to come to some agreement,” said the Sinn Féin leader.

“Every so often it will come into very, very stark relief because there is a controversy or a dispute or a deadlock or gridlock around some issue. But it is ongoing.”

Steven also notes the words of a ‘Stormont source’:

“All the decisions just go into a hat, where they sit, until there is a breakthrough. And then issues are picked out – the DUP will want some, Sinn Féin will want some, and then a fresh round of decisions are made.”

Decisions largely in evidence by their absence (and this long after reducing the capacity of minor parties to interfere with any OFMdFM decisions to zero). It’s confirmation they’ve abandoned any tackle the easy stuff first approach.

Working or bust, it ain’t going away. The street violence is a floor show, not the substance of either the DUP’s or Sinn Fein’s profoundly symbiotic relationship with Stormont. There may be no love lost, and zero percentage trust.

But neither party has a meaningful elsewhere to abandon the Stormont ship for.

After six years we eagerly patiently await their first breakthrough…

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  • cynic2

    Perhaps they are each just waiting for the other to die or resign first?

  • michael-mcivor

    cynic2

    ” perhaps they are each just waiting for the other to die or resign first ”

    That will not be a long wait-Robinson will bow out soon now that his political career is dead–

  • Reader

    michael-mcivor: That will not be a long wait-Robinson will bow out soon now that his political career is dead–
    Dead careers are no more likely to solve your problems than dead Brits ever did. There will be more Unionist politicians, just as there were always more Brits.
    Anyway – who would you prefer as DUP leader – do you want to see a competent or an incompetent leader, for instance?

  • Barnshee

    I would keep Robby The alternative is the rise of a Jim Allister type -or worse Allister himself

  • michael-mcivor

    Reader-

    ” to solve your problem “-

    I don’t have a problem because I think it has already been sorted-

    ” who would you prefer as DUP leader “-

    No matter who gets the job Martin McGuinness will be seen as the effective leader on the hill having seen of Trimble and two leaders of the DUP-

    Dodds just does not have it-especially after the last few weeks-Wilson would be a deal-maker despite all the guff
    from him-

  • deaconflegs

    Unfortunately, for people in NI, it’s a race to the bottom.