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Kelly comments on policing and justice agreement

4 August, 2008 - by Gerry Kelly

Kelly comments on policing and justice agreement

Speaking today in Stormont after it was revealed that Sinn Féin and the DUP had reached an agreement on the model to which policing and justice powers would be transferred, Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly said:

"The transfer of powers on policing and justice should have happened by May. Sinn Féin want to see it happen in the short time ahead. We have been involved in a series of meetings with the DUP on this issue.

"We have agreed with the DUP that powers would be transferred to a single department, with a single Minister elected by cross community support and that initially neither ourselves nor the DUP would take on that ministry. This is a significant development.

"Previously the all-party PfG committee identified the main issue to be resolved as the model. That has now been agreed.

"We have now asked the Assembly and Executive Review Committee to carry out a piece of work within a framework set out by OFM/dFM. This should be completed speedily." ENDS

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