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Paisley vows to block devolution
DUP leader Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley has pleged to block devolution
Devolution for Northern Ireland is at least two years away, DUP leader Ian Paisley has told the BBC.

Speaking on Inside Politics, Mr Paisley said he would be meeting the secretary of defence to ensure the Royal Irish Regiment is not disbanded.

He admitted that the British and Irish governments want movement in the political process next January.

However, he insisted he would be using his veto until he "was sure all IRA activity and criminality had ended".

"I would think that we would need to have a very considerable time, at least two years to see if there has been proper decommissioning, and it's real, to see if the IRA has ceased and as far as Sinn Fein is concerned, it is ceased," the DUP leader said.




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