ROBBO AND MARTY IN CRUNCH SHOWDOWN TALKS IN NEW YORK

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness no longer singing from the same hymn sheet over the Maze

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness no longer singing from the same hymn sheet over the Maze

IT is going to be an interesting night for the fly on the wall when Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness come face-to-face in New York on Monday.

The First Minister hasn’t spoke to his deputy first minister since his bombshell letter withdrawing the DUP’s support for the Maze peace centre.

The DUP leader denied his decision was a “U-turn”.

He said it was a result of Sinn fein’s support for the IRA commeration parade through Castlederg, Co Tyrone last month which angered unionists.

They said the parade glorified the activities of two IRA men who were on their way to blow up Castlederg when the bomb went off prematurely.

Mr Robinson has traveled from his holiday home in Florida for the talks in New York ahead of several days of engagements aimed at boosting inward investment to Northern Ireland.

Mr McGuinness has flown first class from Belfast for the crunch meeting.

In New York, Mr Robinson, the MLA for east Belfast, has been bullish out speculation that he is stepping down.

It has been claimed that former Finance Minister Sammy Wilson is poised to seize the reins if Mr Robinson steps down.

But Mr Robinson says he he has no plans to step down as party leader.

 

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