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Stormont Executive meeting avoids the fireworks

By Noel McAdam

Stormont ministers were back in business together yesterday – a week after a major bust-up in the Executive.

Senior sources described the atmosphere at yesterday's meeting as business-like and calm.

There was no repeat of the scenes from last Thursday when a row erupted over Peter Robinson's remarks on Islam – the First Minister's public apology seems to have cleared the air.

One source said: "It was business-like. Routine papers, nothing earth-shattering... just getting back into routine again after the elections."

The session was said to be shorter than usual to allow Mr Robinson to travel to take part in the commemorations for D-Day.

Ministers seem to be entering a more intensive period as they head towards the summer recess.

The DUP is keen to resolve the deadlock over welfare reform, but the party has played down expectations of major progress in the near future.

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