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Devolution of Policing and Justice

11 December, 2007


Sinn Féin Policing and Justice Spokesperson, Alex Maskey MLA has said that the British government's commitment to the devolution of Policing and Justice Powers by May 2008 was central to the decision of republicans and nationalists to engage with the policing structures earlier this year.

Mr Maskey said:

"The devolution of Policing and Justice was a key element in the negotiations that led to the restoration of the political institutions.

"The British government's commitment to the devolution of Policing and Justice Powers by May 2008 was central to the decision of republicans and nationalists to engage with the policing structures earlier this year.

"There can be no back-sliding on this commitment. There can be no more excuses.

There is an overwhelming demand from the public for the transfer of Powers on Policing and Justice to go ahead.

"In addition it makes no sense for a so-called law and order, devolutionist party to oppose the devolution of Powers on Policing and Justice.

"The Assembly Executive Review Committee is now debating how to devolve these powers." ENDS

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