Transfer of Powers on Policing and Justice Vital
Speaking as the Assembly debates a report compiled by a cross party committee on the transfer of power on Policing and Justice, Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has said that the transfer of Policing and Justice Powers is vital.
Mr Maskey said:
"The report which is before the Assembly has received cross party agreement in the committee. I look forward to a constructive debate in the Assembly on this issue.
"Everything is now in place for the transfer of these crucial powers away from London and into the hands of locally elected politicians. The British government have indicated that they have the legislation drafted and are ready to proceed. The Irish government have publicly stated their support for this move. The completion of this report shows that the Assembly is ready also.
"All that is required now is for the DUP to step forward and show the necessary political will, for them to sit down with Sinn Féin and agree the exact departmental structure to which these powers will be devolved. This is not a massive job of work if the DUP are up for the task.
"People across all communities are crying out for effective, accountable policing. The transfer of these powers is a necessary part of making this happen. It is my hope that after this report proceeds through the Assembly we can press ahead collectively and complete this work." ENDS