13/05/2012 Sunday Politics Northern Ireland


13/05/2012

Tara Mills looks at the political developments of the week and questions policy makers on the key issues.


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And in Northern Ireland - charges against Old Bailey bomber Marian

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Price may have been thrown out of court this week, but the row all

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over her continued detention has Hello and welcome to Sunday

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Politics in Northern Ireland. I threat to no one or read

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dangerous dissident Republican? Charges against Marian Price may

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have been thrown out of court this week, but the row over her

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continued detention has escalated. We will be hearing all size of the

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argument. Also on a programme, the

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householders playing a waiting game with builders who want our cannot

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finish what they have started. sick of fawning. I get the same

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answer. It just seems that nobody wants to take responsibility of

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what has been left behind in this area. And with three for the next

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20 minutes to debate that and more, Sinn Fein's Mairtin O'Muilleoir and

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Stewart Dickson from the Alliance Party.

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It was around this time last year that Marian Price was returned to

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jail by the Secretary of State. She was released in 1980 suffering from

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anorexia after being jailed for her part in the Old Bailey bombing. But

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she was returned to prison by Owen Paterson after her appearance at a

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dissident Republican rally in Londonderry. This week charges

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against and three arias -- three others arising out of that Riley

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were dismissed by Judge -- that rally. This case will be

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recommenced in another way. But this case will proceed, perhaps a

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little bit later now than would have been the case of a these

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events. IM joined by two members of the Justin's committee. -- justice

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committee. Should she stay and prison? She should not be in prison

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at all because she has been released in relation to that charge

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which has been dismissed. Also in relation to the other charges

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arising from this, so she should not be in prison because the prison

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has determined she should be out in bill. What the Secretary of State

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has done is interna without trial. That is the simplest position of --

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explanation of the position she isn't. She is facing more serious

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charges regarding their barracks mergers. We she denies and she has

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released on bail in relation to those. She will be tried in

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relation to those in time. That is, due process and I support due

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process. The St -- but we do not possess -- support putting people

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in prison because of because of intelligence or some political

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point of view and we are convinced she is being detained without trial

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because of that. She should be released immediately. But it is due

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process that the Government is following. It will allow the due

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process to go forward. The Rhys contention in relation to that. She

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herself says that she received a pardon in relation to the Crown's

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which she had committed. -- the crime's -- crimes. I believe that

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there is substantial merit in that argument. What I am saying to you

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is that if she has been released on pardon, then there is no issue at

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all in relation to licensed. What the Crown argues is that there is a

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certain element of her sentence that was subject to licence

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conditions. I spoke to our two times in prison and she herself

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says that when she was released from custody after serving her time,

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she was not subject to any conditions whatsoever. In fact was

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never asked to report anybody, she was never told that she was under

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licence conditions so factually she was not under licence by a legally

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she was not under licence. It does not seem work cut -- clear-cut this

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licence and one of the documents is missing. You have got a dissident

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Republican allowing... It is clear- cut that she was given three

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sentences, one determine end to life sentences for her crimes. In

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1980 she was released. Two of the three sentences were based on

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licences. That was what was revoked. Due licence was followed. She is in

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exactly hundreds of other former prisoners who are out on licence. I

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am not going to be crying tears over Marian Price. She got a jail -

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- get out of jail three-card because she was that debt's door.

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She has clearly been involved in other activities and that has led

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to the revocation of Alison's and therefore she should beat going

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back to jail. -- of her licence. This is what you would expect from

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her. Where dupe why it -- due process was followed, the Secretary

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of State acted. There is a perfect opportunity for her to do that. She

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is also faced, she might have been technically have been given bail,

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those have been subsequent to the licence being revoked. I wonder if

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the judge felt that it would be better. This was a woman who was

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charged with serious offences. I am glad to see the intervention.

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briefly, you cannot have due process on the basis of

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intelligence reports. That is the basis on which licensing operates.

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Nor, it is not. It is following 2001 legislation. It deals with the

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individual chap -- circumstances of the person. She does not have her

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own counsel to represent her. They are 0.1. -- they will appoint

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someone for her. Why does this say about wider

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society, we were supposed to have devolution of justice powers?

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says a lot about the hand of Owen Paterson. It has someone who we do

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not want involved injustice matters. It is sad that what happens is that

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the Unionist parties feel obliged to support the Secretary of State

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and they reintroduce internment. What we need is to build the future,

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have more confidence in the system of justice here. And this case,

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every aspect case of it, built twice and returned are kept in jail,

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all those things undermine their confidence which we're trying to

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build up here. Marian Price should be released, released a hospital,

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she is not fit to attend court but they insist on keeping her in

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prison. So Stewart Dickson, there seems to be an element of

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predictability about how the partys have fallen into their lives, how

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the support our do not support Marian Price in this case. Where do

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the lies partisan? I agree with Mairtin, it is worrying that he has

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a hand in this. I share some of the concerns of that as solely on

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intelligence. It is up to the Secretary of State and he has been

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remarkably quiet in respect of his case. I believe it is up to the

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Secretary of State to give a fair explanation to the public as to why

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he has decided to revoke a licence. If that is on intelligence Cruz

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then he should be upfront and tell us that. -- arounds. But it has to

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be considered extremely serious that politicians have the power to

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put someone in jail and keep them there. He obviously believes he is

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doing that for the safety and security of our whole community but

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I believe we need a explanation for that. As far as the Justice

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Department, they have a responsibility as far other

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prisoners in Northern Ireland. The conditions she finds herself in an

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entirely self-inflicted. She is the person who chose to goal ensued and

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be segregated. -- she wanted to be segregated. Medical advice and she

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is not fit to be in prison. She was fit enough to be at a dissident

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rally this time last year. It does seem... She was in jail because she

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committed offences in 1973 and lost the right to get a licence on those.

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There were lots of people killed in that incident. There is a

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humanitarian issue here. She should have thought of that before the

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crime she committed. We are compassionate society. This lady is

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ill, Seriously ill. She should at the very least be released into

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hospital. That is how difficult her circumstances are. The Prison

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Service have said they are monitoring her health and if

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professionals think she should be in hospital when she will be

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released into hospital. The family certainly believe that she needs to

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be hospitalised immediately. Irrespective of all that politics,

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she should be in hospital. medical are authorities are the

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best to judge that. Thank you, we will leave that there.

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I'll across Northern Ireland householders are playing a waiting

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game with builders who will not finish what they have started.

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Roads and sewers are left incomplete, even street lighting

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does not work. The Assembly's regional development committee is

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on the case, as Yvette Shapiro This development on the outskirts

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of Waringstown has remained unfinished were more than five

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years. Now the Road Service has moved into complete the work that

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the developer should have done in the first place. It will probably

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cost around �50,000 to bring the roads and pavements up to standard,

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but that money should be recovered from the bond lodged by the

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developer when he started the project.

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When a building firm does not finish roads and a reasonable time

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or if it goes bust Road Service and Northern Ireland Water can take

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this type of enforcement action under the private streets order.

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The Department for regional debar - - department regional development

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says it is dealing with 83 sites that need to be completed. It has

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deployed 14 private contractors who are currently working on 23 of

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these sites. Residents have put up with this for a number of years.

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They are paying the full rates but they're not getting the full

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services. The problem with unfinished developments predates

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the recession and some builders are notorious for leaving jobs undone.

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But the collapse of many developers in recent years has made the

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situation much worse. In the case of an average sewerage works,

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Northern Ireland Water says that previously it would have taken

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enforcement action once or twice a year. But in 2010, it moved into

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complete 14 Sears. This figure more than double last year. Such action

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by Government agencies is clearly a last resort. Away can step in

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straight away but we want to give a developer and opportunity to finish

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his work. He does have an plays by- law what they call a bond which is

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financial security held by others. We can calling that want in order

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to use that money to employee other workers to carry out this work.

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That can create problems for workers if we calling that wants

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his son. What we like to give their devolved powers every opportunity.

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-- the developer's every power. This is not the view you would like

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to wake up every morning but it is the reality far residents of

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Silverwood Leaves in Lurgan. Houses, roads and street lighting have been

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left unfinished for the past six years. This area was supposed to be

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flattened. I am telephoning everyone. I'd get the same answer,

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it falls back on the builders. seems that no one wants to take

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responsibility of what has been left behind in this area. It will

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take one of the youngsters to be seriously injured before something

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gets done here. Resident here and in other unfinished developments

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have been run it -- turning to the local politicians for help. And it

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has prompted the Assembly's Regional Development Committee to

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hold an inquiry into an adopted roads and how they are dealt with

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the department. The committee will be examining all that findings and

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either negotiating to the developers of the committee.

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More missing documents now in her and looked at their political

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headlines in 60 seconds. This week in the company of Martina per day.

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Scandal in the Catholic Church of as Chet -- child sex abuse. Mairtin

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McGuinness delivers his judgement. I absolutely atrocious. LF many

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young people open to the Prix of this Serial -- ticket sales for the

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Irish Open well above par, but with weeks to goal, they still have not

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bagged a lead sponsor. Pomp and promises to improve as

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sluggish economy but no Northern Ireland bills in the Queen's Speech.

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And storeman became a no-go area for nationalist MLAs who were

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backing striking civil servants upset of a pension cuts.

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And hold the front page, sorry we cannot, it is missing. Can the

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first page of the historic Ulster Covenant be found in time for the

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100th anniversary? Time is running It was on the programme last week,

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we had the exclusive story about the special advisers and what is

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happening with Sammy Wilson's guidelines. What does this say

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about the relationship between Sinn Fein and the DP? We should look how

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people outside this view the issue. The thing that they commented on

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favourably was the purpose both parties have and they want to see

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more of that. I am pleased that it has been kept at a level of

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diplomacy. But a Samuelson is wrong we will have to back down on this.

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-- Sammy Wilson. There are cracks appearing now for Education and

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special advisers. We know that these are parties that were once

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with different ideal the eulogies. -- ideologies. I am not really

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surprised. I am also convinced that it is going nowhere, it is not

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doing him any good of the Executive any good. Stewart Dickson, a stunt

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in Mairtin O'Muilleoir's year. 10 Alastair will bring forward a

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private member's bill. Will you be supporting him? I do not believe we

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will be supporting him. There should be an open book on who you

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are as a special adviser. It is up to the party's then to justify why

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that individual is working for you. Our the bringing their skills and

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the knowledge to you or their past criminal convictions or whatever?

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By not supporting the Bill, you are saying that they do not need to go

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through security clearance? I am not suggesting that people should

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go through a vetting process. But I think there should be an open

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register. We need to know what people have done and why they are

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in the position they are in. It is up to the Court of the general

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public to decide whether that is a political -- wise move by a

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political party. Nobody has a say in this but each individual party

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our alliance. You can employed whoever you like?? I think the

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public have had their say. I think Sinn Fein have come under

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incredible pressure to deal with that situation. Whether they will

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put themselves back into that position remains to be seen. What

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is their problem with putting this special adviser through the

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security clearance? F they -- if we can have a set of criteria then we

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can do that. We see the unity and the person against the peace

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process pushing against that. The peace process, the idea of having a

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set of security, we all heard about security earlier run, any type of

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change from the system we have, I think will be a step back. We

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