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Northern Ireland

Asked if we were getting to a crunch-point in negotiations, the PMS advised people to wait and see how things progressed. Asked for any more detail on what was said this morning, the PMS said that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland set out the very good progress that was being made by the parties in Northern Ireland in their talks on the devolution of the police and criminal justice.

The key difference about where we were now and where we were previously was that the discussion was being led very much by the parties in Northern Ireland and not by the British and Irish Governments. It was being left to the parties in Northern Ireland to find a settlement that they could both live with and they had been making very good progress on that. Asked if the dissident threat was mentioned, the PMS said he would not get into the specifics of the Cabinet discussion, but he did emphasise that not withstanding the views of what was now a very small minority in Northern Ireland, very good progress was being made towards the devolution of policing and criminal justice.

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