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Does the latest IMC report pave a way for devolution?

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Politics essay Thomas Donnelly 1. Does the latest IMC report pave a way for devolution? Independent Monitoring Commission The Independent Monitoring Commission was set up by the British and Irish Governments on 7th January 2004. Its purpose is to help promote the establishment of stable and inclusive devolved government in a peaceful Northern Ireland. It does this by reporting to the Governments on activity by paramilitary groups, on the normalisation of security measures in the province, and on claims by Assembly parties that other parties, or Ministers in a devolved Executive, are not living up to the standards required of them. The four Commissioners are entirely independent of both Governments. ...read more.

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"Failure to meet that deadline would be a failure which will put the assembly in cold storage from 24 November. Restoration of Political Institutions and Policing are some of the last issues of the political jig-saw which require to be addressed by those Parties which have so far been unwilling to do so. Two Parties - namely DUP and Sinn Fein - are holding the political process and the people of the North of Ireland to ransom through, on the one hand, failure to honour the principles of the Good Friday Agreement and sign up to the restoration of institutions, and on the other hand to sign up to Policing and the Patten report fully. ...read more.

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Or, would joining up to new policing arrangements dismantle the summary justice programmes that have been operating on the ground in republican and loyalist areas for years. Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern travelled to Northern Ireland to unveil their blueprint for restoring devolution. They confirmed the assembly will be recalled on 15 May with parties being given six weeks to elect an executive. If that fails, the 108 members get a further 12 weeks to try to form a multi-party devolved government. If that attempt fails, salaries will stop. The British and Irish governments would then work on partnership arrangements to implement the Good Friday Agreement. ...read more.

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