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Fears of leak scupper ministerial carve-up dummy run

The Stormont parties have abandoned plans to run the d’Hondt formula for picking ministers in shadow form today.

This would have meant that the party leaders would have had the weekend to consider who they should appoint to the ministries.

However, last night both DUP and Sinn Fein sources said that this would not now happen.

Sinn Fein cited fears that the share-out of ministries would leak over the weekend as the reason for the abrupt change of plan. On Wednesday First Minister Peter Robinson said on Twitter that he hoped to dry-run the d’Hondt formula and this was still the expectation yesterday morning.

It may signal intense horse-trading over the share-out of ministries.

Both Sinn Fein and the DUP are keen to get the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

However, the DUP says it will pick the Department of Finance first. Sinn Fein is expected to take DETI, and the DUP, with third pick, may take Education.

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