Paisley and Adams meet for talks

Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams held talks in Belfast today – and it caused hardly a ripple.

Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams held talks in Belfast today – and it caused hardly a ripple.

The Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party leader and the Sinn Féin president led party delegations for what was billed as the start of a series of meetings.

When the two men first sat down together shortly before the restoration of devolution in May it made worldwide headlines.

Things have moved on so far and so fast that this meeting took place without any advance notice and merited just a two-sentence comment by Mr Adams and another two from a DUP spokesman.

Mr Adams said the initial discussion was what he hoped would become “a series of meetings between the DUP and ourselves as the political institutions bed down and develop further”.

He added: “Sinn Féin are committed to seeing these institutions working effectively for the people who elect us and we will continue to engage with all parties as we collectively face up to and tackle the many challenges which have to be overcome.”

Dr Paisley made no comment – he went directly into the Stormont Assembly chamber to speak in a debate on victims of the troubles .

But a party spokesman said the meeting had provided an opportunity to discuss a number of issues across a range of areas.

“We look forward to further such meetings with the political parties in the Assembly,” he added.

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