“The first and deputy first ministers held a private meeting with the prime minister in London..”

Back to political reality, because some recent posts have been less than relevant.  No names, no pack drill.  ANYhoo…

As the BBC reports, following the Northern Ireland Secretary of State’s declaration that, “I think it is possible that we could have a deal next week“, the Northern Ireland First and deputy First Ministers, the DUP’s Peter Robinson and Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, met with the Prime Minister in Downing Street today on Friday 6 November.

The BBC reports that

There is no confirmation on the content of the talks, but it is understood they are likely to have covered financial matters related to the talks process.

At which point it’s relevant to bring in an Irish Times report from Thursday 5 November.

Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party are requesting more than €550 million from the [Irish] Government for infrastructural projects in Northern Ireland as part of negotiations to break the political impasse in Stormont.

It is understood an informal paper outlining spending requests has been distributed as part of the talks but has not been formally tabled.

The talks are expected to conclude next week.

According to the Irish Times report

An overall package from Dublin and London would be £800 million, or €1.13 billion.

We’ll check against previously claimed funding.

And, in the same report, a ray of sanity…

[Irish] Government sources described the Narrow Water Bridge as a “vanity project” and said supports for the “real economy”, such as entrepreneurial projects, could gain more traction.

One Minister said there is no real surprise at the request for funding from the Northern parties.

“It’s true to form,” said one. “There’s not that much enthusiasm to send money up North that could be spent on infrastructure here.”

Another Coalition source described it as “a shopping list that they want the UK and Irish governments to pay for”.

The other key point to note in any eventual announcement of an agreement, given the exclusive discussions in Downing Street, is which parties have endorsed it…

“What I fear is there will be a sticking plaster solution carved out between Sinn Féin and the DUP. When we get to that point we’ll make a decision,” [UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt] said.

Whether any resulting agreement between the DUP and Sinn Féin will leave either [or both] open to accusations of a sell-out remains to be seen… 

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  • Robin Keogh

    So if they come together and agree a deal its a sell-out. If they refuse to cooperate they are wrecking balls? Great !

  • Robin,

    That rather depends on what they actually agree.

    The details of which have yet to be shared with us mere mortals…

  • Mary Anna Quigley

    These dirty clowns are the biggest waste of space- tax payers time energy money. NI Stormont is there for only thing only – protect England and state. Keep them halfwifs quiet.throw billions at them. For another 6 months sticking plaster. MESS.

  • Nevin

    “Whether any resulting agreement between the DUP and Sinn Féin will leave either open to accusations of a sell-out remains to be seen…”

    An accusation has been published in advance by the TUV:

    “As for murder? Forgotten. IRA Army Council? Forgotten. IRA control of DUP’s partner, Sinn Fein? Forgotten. Decommissioning exposed as a fraud? Forgotten. Such is the path of degradation now trod by the DUP. Even Trimble at his worst never so openly embraced the IRA in government.”

    There is much huffing and puffing here on Slugger, so much so that accounts of all our local parties singing from the same hymn sheet seldom get a look in. As Jim Allister [TUV] put it:

    If a future is to be moulded that meets the needs of all interests, it has to be done in partnership. .. Assembly debate 8 September 2015

    This partnership includes the DUP and SF yet I’ve not heard anyone accuse Jim of a sell-out.

  • lookup

    Sinn Fein sold out long ago Robin..

  • Catcher in the Rye

    Back to political reality, because some recent posts have been less than relevant. No names, no pack drill. ANYhoo…

    Pete, when are you going to grow up and stop making these snide little comments ?

  • Catcher in the Rye

    Can someone at Slugger please do something about this abusive contributor constantly copy-and-pasting the same ad-hominem remarks to every single thread which is posted ?

  • peepoday

    Maybe Peter will be invited to join the army council,perhaps as an honourary member.At some stage the rest of us will find out what is being discussed.

  • submariner

    Peters past paramilitary service with Ulster resistance would be a bonus. Dont know how the red beret would go down though.

  • peepoday

    I don’t think he has the beret ,it was decommissioned under terms of Belfast agreement.

  • the rich get richer

    I wonder if the London money men explained that Northern ireland was costing WAY too much would those Northern Irish money suckers start thinking maybe its time they managed their own Financial affairs….Ah that would be way too grown up a question for the costly slow learners …!

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Easy enough to pick up a suitable replacement on Amazon…….

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    She (I’m assuming) wasn’t as abusive to the English language today as she usually is. Anyway the one note stream of limited consciousness never fails to make me laugh.

  • Zeno

    They didn’t sell out. They bought in.

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Like all good hedge fund managers, they sold short and bought long.

  • And are selling short and buying long futures for derivatives ventures with hedging funds, Zeno/Ben De Hellenbacque.

    A Grand Master Plan in Great Games Play.

  • Zeno

    Futures derivatives in Dutch tulip bulbs.