Negotiations: Downing Street squib

BBC journalist Mark Devenport dismisses much of the attention that was focused around last Thursday’s summit at Downing Street as hype.

However, speaking about the sensitive issue of the devolvement of justice powers, he says of Martin McGuinness’s current position:

“…he wants them assigned to a separate new [local] department. He wouldn’t comment on indications that Sinn Fein wants the department to be headed up by joint unionist/nationalist ministers, nor on Chris Patten’s contention that national security matters should not be devolved.”


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