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First Ministers miss paramilitary report cut-off date

By Noel McAdam

Published 05/07/2016

Pacemaker press 2/4/14 Justice Minister David Ford speaks to the media outside Antrim police station regarding the detention of the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Mr Adams is being questioned over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 2/4/14 Justice Minister David Ford speaks to the media outside Antrim police station regarding the detention of the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Mr Adams is being questioned over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness have missed a deadline to publish their action plan on dismantling paramilitaries.

The First and Deputy First Minister said the blueprint, which was supposed to be completed by the end of last month, would be announced "shortly".

Alliance leader David Ford accused the leaders of showing a "lack of respect" over the plan, which will be based on the report of a three-strong panel's investigation into paramilitarism.

"The report of the panel was launched in a blaze of publicity... however, the Executive has not followed up in terms of making public its response to the report - that is simply not good enough," Mr Ford said

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt added: "This Executive is quickly getting the reputation of not having a plan. They haven't delivered the Programme for Government in the timescale set out, they have no plan on how we will deal with Brexit and now they have not published the anticipated action plan to deal with the toxic legacy of paramilitarism by the end of June deadline.

"Public confidence will be a key measure of the success of any initiative, but sadly that will have been dealt a blow by the Executive's failure. Our First Ministers need to get their act together.

The Executive Office said: "The report on the disbandment of paramilitary groups is under active consideration and publication is expected shortly."

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