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DUP need to be saying when transfer will happen, not when it won’t – McGuinness

4 October, 2009

Sinn Féin MP and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said that outbursts from the DUP are becoming increasingly ‘bizarre’.

Speaking after comments from DUP leader Peter Robinson this morning Mr McGuinness said;

“Sinn Féin is interested in getting and concluding the right deal on policing and justice.

We are committed to achieving this in partnership with the DUP through our joint office of OFMDFM.

Sinn Féin is fully involved in policing and wants to get the budget right. Policing and justice is not in the sole ownership of the DUP.

People need to hear the DUP saying when transfer will happen, not when it won’t.

The British government have yet to make a full offer so of course there is more to come on finance and more to be offered.

However we believe these negotiations can only be concluded in meeting with the British. Nothing will be gained or concluded by running away from meetings with Gordon Brown and the British Government.

We are committed to resolving the outstanding issues on policing and justice finance in partnership with the DUP and putting a joint position to the British.

Any deal will be concluded jointly on the basis of the best deal possible for policing and justice.” CRÍOCH

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