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Ó Caoláin welcomes Assembly vote on policing and justice transfer

9 March, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the vote in the Northern Assembly for the transfer of policing and justice powers from Britain to the Six Counties.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said it was a good day for the peace process and a good day for Ireland.

He said:

“Despite the blatant electioneering of the Ulster Unionist Party the vote on the transfer of policing and justice powers from Britain to the Six Counties has been comfortably passed.

“This transfer of powers is a long overdue part of the Good Friday Agreement which was signed almost twelve years ago. I welcome today’s vote which allows for the final transfer of powers to take place on 12th April. Today is a good day for the peace process and a good day for Ireland.

"The importance and significance of this should be lost on no-one, least of all the Governments in Dublin and London who need to ensure that they play their part to the full in ensuring that the Agreements continue to be fulfilled and that the Executive, Assembly and All-Ireland structures are fully supported. The Conservative Party in Britain also needs to learn the lessons of its dalliance with the discredited Ulster Unionist Party."

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