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Taoiseach must clarify position on transfer of policing and justice – Ó Caoláin

11 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to clarify his position in relation to the transfer of policing and justice powers from Westminster to the Northern Assembly. Deputy Ó Caoláin made his call after conflicting comments from the Taoiseach and his spokesperson yesterday.

The Cavan/Monaghan TD said, "On Sunday, in a joint statement, the Taoiseach and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made some welcome comments in relation to the transfer of policing and justice powers from Westminster to the Northern Assembly. Both men agreed that the timing is right for the transfer of these powers. However it is reported today that a spokesperson for Mr. Ahern has said that both men acknowledge the May deadline may not be met.

"The Taoiseach needs to clarify his position on this matter. If the British Prime Minister has told him that there may be a delay then he needs to challenge this. The transfer of these powers is a key part of the St. Andrew's Agreement and the Taoiseach should not accept any move away from that agreement. If he is committed to the full implementation of all aspects of the St. Andrew's Agreement then he needs to challenge any attempts to break commitments.

"The Taoiseach must clarify whether or not he has accepted a delay on the transfer of policing and justice powers." ENDS

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