- a "report to the Executive detailing the level of progress made on each outstanding matter" and making "recommendations on whether and how progress could be made on any and all outstanding matters" – by 28 February, and,
- a "report to the Executive detailing the level of progress made on each outstanding matter [from St Andrews]" – also by 28 February,
This is Mickey-Mouse stuff, and frankly insulting to the public.
If the FM and the DFM cannot do what the Hillborough Agreement requires of them, and their parties, then they should have the guts to say so. Announcing the filming of a TV show is, at best, the job of a junior spokesperson.
A game of thrones seems to be what the FM and DFM are playing – but they need to get off their thrones and roll up their sleeves. Northern Ireland is still in a mess, and when its dual monarchy thinks that playing games is more important than seeking innovative solutions, and making Northern Ireland a better place, then what hope is there?
If they cannot do what they were elected to do, what they’re paid to do, and what they agreed to do, then they should be big enough to step aside and let the two governments resume direct rule with a dark green tinge.