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Today’s bill brings Policing and Justice transfer one step closer – Maskey

14 September, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

Speaking as the bill to bring forward the Transfer of Powers on Policing and Justice went before the Assembly for its first reading, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Alex Maskey said:

“Sometime ago Sinn Féin and the DUP agreed and published a process which would see the transfer of powers on Policing and Justice away from London and into the hands of locally elected and accountable politicians.

“The first reading of the Bill today in the Assembly is the latest stage in working through that process. The next stage must be the setting of the date for transfer to take place.

“This is not an issue of public confidence it is an issue of political will. Communities are crying out for more responsive and accountable policing and criminal justice structures which can respond to their needs. Local politicians taking the responsibility to deliver in this key area with local communities having then a real voice is the only way this can happen.

“Sinn Féin are satisfied, the wider community want to see this process quickly concluded in the time ahead.” CRÍOCH

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