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Doubts over ministerial timeframe

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posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 07:39 AM
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DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson has said he will be surprised if the timetable for appointing shadow first and deputy first ministers is met.

DUP leader Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein, are due to become shadow first and deputy first ministers on 24 November.

But the DUP insists a pledge of support for policing is in place before then.

Mr Robinson said the DUP would not back down and he also cast doubts on the timeframe of the St Andrew's Agreement.


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I hope this is not the case. Democracy needs to be restored to Northern Ireland so we can all move on and start working towards the real issues at hand. DUP may be playing a dangerous game by keeping forcing Republicans to do everything before letting them in the door, but what more can Sinn Fein do?

Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein, has already admitted the Republicans are to blame as well for the problems in Northern Ireland history, he has given support to the Union and the police, even criticised the IRA in the last year and has even helped ETA reach a peace deal with the Spanish Government.

While the DUP continues to sing "no surrender"

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posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 10:29 AM
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Originally posted by infinite
I hope this is not the case. Democracy needs to be restored to Northern Ireland so we can all move on and start working towards the real issues at hand.


- I agree wholeheartedly.


While the DUP continues to sing "no surrender"


- The one good thing about this is that this is not being lost on the people either.

The DUP capitalised on the misfortunes of the UUP but they were elected (even if there was a large part of that happening because 'moderate unionists' stayed at home) to deliver.

Destroying the institutions of the GFA, scowling in a corner refusing to deal with or agree to anything with anybody else and returning NI to another indefinite period of direct rule is not going to be 'delivering' anything to the so-called wider unionist community.

Particularly when the signs are that there is every likelihood of that 'direct rule' being informed by the Gov of the RoI, the USA (to a lesser degree) and nationalists and republicans.

The word is the DUPers are split between the loopy fundy evangelicals who see any deal as a betrayal and a slightly more pragmatic wing who want to get on with actual politics.

We have large additional costs facing the families across NI in the form of rates rises, new water charges and wholesale changes to the education system happening here......but those clowns want to play their time-warp sectarian games.

(I note Paisley got the Gov to agree a cap on the rates for the highest bills ......no doubt working/middle class Ulster will be so grateful for that

certainly the middle class would like the halting of the end of selection at 11 if they'll go back to devolved Gov.)



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