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Northern Ireland

Asked to give a flavour of what the Northern Ireland Secretary said in Cabinet, the PMS referred people to the Prime Minister’s statement, urging all politicians in Northern Ireland to remain focussed on the business of government and to recognise the crucial importance of intensifying engagement in those issues that remained to be resolved. The Government remained focussed on completing devolution with the transfer of policing and justice powers from London to Belfast.

Put that Shaun Woodward had said on Newsnight that one of the potential side-effects of the crisis was that it could intensify the focus on the need to get to the next stage of devolution, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had been engaged in the issues of Northern Ireland for some time. Shaun Woodward was briefing the Prime Minister as appropriate; he had meetings with the Irish Foreign Minister today among others and the Prime Minister had recently spoken to Brian Cowen.

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