HE has been quiet all week about the First Minister’s decision to put the brakes on the development on the Maze peace centre site.
Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has made no public statements about Peter Robinson’s volte face. It hasn’t even had a mention on his twitter account.
But on Saturday evening the deputy first minsiter will for the first time address the issue during a speech in the Republic.
He is expected to say that the DUP leader’s decision – contained in a 12 page letter sent from his holiday home in America – was a “mistake.”
The Mid Ulster MLA is expected to come out all guns blazing against Mr Robinson for pulling the shutters down temporarily on the Maze development.
It is believed the First Minister made the decision after coming under intense pressure from within the hierarchy of the party to pull out of his agreement with the deputy first minister.
Mr McGuinnness will use a commemoration speech in Co Leitrim to launch his stinging attack on the DUP decision to halt the controversial Maze.
It is expected he will challenge political unionism not to cave in to hardline loyalists, urging DUP leader Peter Robinson to avoid “continually feeding the insatiable appetite of those who see life through a red, white and blue prism”.
In his address at the John Joe McGirl commemoration on Saturday evening in Ballinamore, Mr McGuinness is also expected to express optimism about forthcoming talks with US diplomat Richard Haas.
He will attempt to tackle the thorny issues such as parades, emblems and dealing with the past.
Mr Robinson’s 12-page letter was sent to the party’s MLAs, MPs and MEP Diane Dodds earlier this week.
He blamed Sinn Fein’s “insensitivity” to victims of IRA violence for going ahead with a commemoration parade in Castlederg last Sunday to two Provisional bombers who blew themselves up with a device meant for the Co Tyrone village.
On Friday, the Prisoner Officers’ Association said the building should knocked down to stop republican and loyalist paramilitaries from using it to glorify their actions.