Sir Reg Empey has publicly alluded to the current impasse behind the scenes in the Executive. The transfer of policing and justice powers, the future of the Maze stadium project, academic selection, the Irish language are among the items that form part of a deadlock between the DUP and Sinn Féin.
Sir Reg was obviously eager to distance his party from any crisis that might arise in the coming months. He was also keen to rubbish the suggestion that the DUP and SF might agree to an independent Minister for policing and justice. It is hard to see how an individual could be found who would be acceptable to both DUP and SF. But perhaps two or even four such individuals could be found. This seemed to solve the Victims Commissioners impasse.
Both the UUP and the SDLP have voiced opposition to the idea of an Alliance Minister filling the position.