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McGuinness - Devolution of policing and justice must happen

30 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today said that the devolution of policing and justice powers to the Assembly had to happen and happen quickly. Mr McGuinness' remarks came after Peter Robinson spoke on the on the issue this morning.

Mr McGuinness said:

"While Mr Robinson's comments are fair enough as far as they go the reality remains that this issue should have been resolved by May under the terms of the St. Andrews Agreement and the DUP and the governments are already in default.

"There is an onus on the two governments and all of the parties who were part of St. Andrews to deliver on it.

"We are involved in discussions with the DUP and we have agreed that these will intensify in the short time ahead.

"The transfer of powers on policing and justice is not an optional extra - it is a commitment which needs to happen and needs to happen quickly." ENDS

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