Published Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Sure there were disagreements but the power sharing institutions were the only show in town.
He dismissed talk of a crisis meeting with Martin McGuinness.
''I met the Deputy First Minister yesterday and again today,'' he said.
It seemed a far cry from the previous 24 hours.
On Tuesday night, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams had accused Mr Robinson of a lack of leadership.
On Wednesday morning North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said there was now a crisis at Stormont.
Throughout the day, there was was some climbing back and qualification .
The sense of crisis was disappearing.
A number of issues have probably occupied the minds of our political leaders. The most significant is the big economic conference due in Belfast next month. I gather some significant job announcements will be made at the time.
The British and Irish governments will have pointed out some of the most important potential investors around will be in town. It would not be a great time to display political disunity or crisis.
As in New York recently, expect the First and Deputy First Ministers to display a united front.
Yet behind the scenes there is no doubting real problems exist.
The Maze peace centre may have been halted but there are other pressing issues, the new Education Skills Authority and Welfare reform among them.
It is going to be a tough time.
And, in the background, those European and council election are due on May 22.
For a few weeks I suspect the crisis issues will be put on the back burner.
But as Gerry Adams might say, they haven't gone away, you know.
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