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Time for DUP to decide on St. Andrews

14 October, 2008

Speaking after a meeting of the Assembly Executive Review (AERC) committee in Stormont today discussing the transfer of powers on Policing and Justice, Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey said that the DUP leadership needed to decide whether or not they were going to implement the St. Andrews Agreement.

Mr Maskey said:

"The AERC Committee met again today to discuss arrangements for transferring power on policing and justice to the Assembly and Executive and have resolved to complete its report for the Assembly within a matter of weeks. The St. Andrews Agreement is very clear with regard to transferring these powers. The DUP are already in default and are posing direct challenge to the two governments.

"Ultimately the DUP leadership have to decide whether or not they are going to implement the St. Andrews Agreement. One thing is certain, Sinn Féin will continue to defend the Good Friday and St. Andrews Agreements and we will continue to ensure that the rights and entitlements of citizens be they on policing and justice or anything else are not subject to the lowest common denominator within political unionism.

"Day and daily DUP MLAs are on the media calling for action on issues of community safety, or repeat offenders bail or attacks on the elderly .They demand a reduction in crime rates and an increase in detection. Yet those very same politicians are the people who are refusing to take these powers into their own hands and begin dealing with these issues. The time for DUP stalling on this issue is long since past." ENDS

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