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Acceptance of AERC recommendations a positive step forward – Maskey

20 January, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA and Policing spokesperson Alex Maskey has welcomed the Assembly's endorsement of the recommendations from the Assembly and Executive Review Committee on the establishment of a Department of Justice.

Speaking after a debate in the Assembly this evening Mr Maskey said,

"This is a positive step forward in relation to the devolution of policing and justice powers to the Assembly here in the North.

"It is of vital importance that locally elected and accountable politicians can take control of these important matters.

"I believe the vast majority of the public will welcome this development and will look forward to having a much more effective and efficient criminal justice system to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour within our communities.

"Thankfully the predictably negative point scoring antics from both the UUP and SDLP have not prevailed and we are now a step closer to locally accountable Ministers taking responsibility for Policing and Justice matters in support of our community." CRÍOCH

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