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Agreement on transfer of Policing and Justice power ‘in place’

11 August, 2009 - by Alex Maskey


Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey has said that agreement on the process to deliver policing and justice powers into the hands of locally elected politicians is in place.

Mr Maskey said:

“The transfer of powers on policing and justice away from London and into the hands of locally elected politicians is part of the St. Andrews agreement. It is not an optional extra. It is a British government obligation.

“As it stands, an agreement on the process to deliver policing and justice powers is in place. Key stages in that process have been implemented, including the AERC report and legislation passing through the Executive and onto the Assembly. The British government have committed to bringing forward the detail of the financial package in early September. This process is moving ahead, like many other things, with or without David McNarry and the UUP.

“While the UUP haven chosen a semi-detached approach to the Executive it is not surprising that David McNarry’s analysis is so far removed from the real politick of the current situation. David McNarry can, if he likes, adopt the usual UUP approach of ignoring political reality but that will not change it.

“It would be more constructive for the UUP to engage fully in the institutions rather than sniffing around after electoral agreements with the TUV rejectionists. But that is their business. Those of us committed to making this process work and these institutions deliver for the people will simply get on with the real work.” ENDS

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