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Maurice Hayes: Failure is not an option as talks over North deal stall

Published 18/01/2010 | 05:00

DUP assent may be conditional on securing SF concessions on the regulation of contentious parades

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THE fact that they are still at it, and the refusal to comment in the course of negotiations, have convinced most commentators that the DUP and Sinn Fein have a will to sort out the difficulties remaining in the transfer of responsibility for policing and criminal justice to the Assembly.

That they are taking a good deal of time might reflect not only the complexity of the issues, but the fact that they never really got to grips with them before.

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