The DUP leader, Ian Paisley and the Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams, are to hold separate meetings with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, in Downing Street next week. 

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and Mr Blair will meet to review developments in the peace process later this month.

Last Wednesday, DUP and Ulster Unionist groups met the clergymen who had witnessed IRA decommissioning - retired Methodist minister, Harold Good and the Redemptorist priest, Alex Reid. 

It is understood that Fr Reid made a significant impression on several DUP members.