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Robinson needs to stop looking for Policing excuses

27 October, 2008 - by Alex Maskey

Commenting today after Peter Robinson claimed in his evidence to a Westminster committee that the latest obstacles to transferring power on policing and justice are the planned protest at the RIR parade and his own deliberately misleading interpretation of July's joint letter to the AERC committee, Sinn Fein Assembly member Alex Maskey said:

"Peter Robinson needs to stop grasping for excuses not to make progress.

"Let's deal with the facts: The DUP is in breach of the St. Andrews Agreement on transfer, an agreement which Mr. Robinson again acknowledged today his party signed up to.

"There is broad community confidence for this matter to be dealt with now. The DUPs reluctance on this issue has to do with internal party divisions.

"That's not good enough. Moreover the Executive can only work on the basis of partnership and equality and thus far there has been little sign of that from the DUP.

"If Peter Robinson needs to stop looking for excuses and come up to the mark on these matters." ENDS

Editors Note:

The phrase Mr Robinson is now claiming to misunderstand was inserted into the joint letter to specifically deal with a proposal that a future Justice Minister would be a Commissioner appointed from outside the Assembly. Both ourselves and the DUP agreed this should not be the case hence 'Minister elected at all times from the assembly in a way which would ensure cross community support'

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