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Sinn Féin welcomes call from Taoiseach for transfer of powers on policing and justice to proceed

28 May, 2008


Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin today welcomed the comments of the Taoiseach Brian Cowen in the Dáil urging Peter Robinson to complete the task of implementing the St. Andrews Agreement including the transfer of powers on policing and justice.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"At St Andrews the Irish and British governments along with the political parties entered into a binding agreement on all of the outstanding issues. Sinn Féin has delivered on everything that has been asked of us.

"Unfortunately despite the welcome progress of the past year the DUP have yet to deliver on a number of key areas including the transfer of power on policing and justice in the timeframe agreed, Irish Language rights and other equality issues. It is the direct responsibility of the two governments to address these serious matters. They need to ensure that the á la carte approach to the St. Andrews Agreement ends.

"In the Dáil this morning the Taoiseach set out the urgent need for the transfer of powers on policing and justice to proceed and said that the time was right for DUP leader Peter Robinson to take the final steps towards the full implementation of what was agreed at St. Andrews. This is a welcome intervention and needs to be followed up with decisive action in the days ahead." ENDS

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