Sinn Fein remained opposed to introducing any form of Conservative (Tory) Welfare policies where as none of the other parties like these reforms, but argue that they have managed to make enough changes to make these reforms palatable to the N.Ireland public.
We remain stuck once again with all of the parties unable to make any types of agreement on flags, parades, budgets, dealing with the past or reform of the current government institutions.
The week beginning the 15th December 2014 is really the last week the politicians have to try and get some agreements in place. If that can happen then there is some chance that the devolved government can continue on. Failure in these talks however, which is highly probably, could once again lead to Stormont and the Assembly collapsing, and Direct British rule returning to the streets of Northern Ireland
Other Related TalksA few months back voters in Scotland decided to stay as part of the UK. They did however mainly on the promise that they would get more devolved powers to their parliament in Scotland. Wales have also been looking more powers and as such the leaders of all the associated countries that make up the UK met on Monday 15th December 2014.
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness represented N.Ireland at those talks and were again pushing for more money to allow them to get Northern Ireland through to the next budget. Cameron had agreed, according to all reports, to put £1 billion into the pot, but the N.Ireland Assembly had stated that was not enough.