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Public mood for transfer of powers on Policing and Justice

11 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Policing and Justice Spokesperson, Alex Maskey MLA has said that there is growing public demand for local politicians to take greater responsibility for policing and justice issues through the transfer of powers on Policing and Justice to address key issues such as sentencing and community safety.

Mr Maskey said:

"The transfer of powers on Policing and Justice was a key element in the negotiations that led to the restoration of the political institutions. There was agreement on the transfer of Policing and Justice and much work is ongoing to pave the way for this to happen.

"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. Bertie Ahern and Gordon Brown have again emphasised the requirement that this is the next step for local politicians.

"There is also a growing public demand for a greater say on policing and justice issues. On fundamental issues of justice and policing on a daily basis there are examples of failures that will only be properly addressed by the transfer of powers on Policing and Justice. On issues of sentencing, community safety and prosecution transfer of responsibility will bring about greater accountability.

"The reality is that there is good work between the parties going on to make this a reality sooner rather than later. What people now deserve is leadership." ENDS

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