Adams welcomes transfer of powers
Speaking in after powers on policing and justice were transferred away from London and into the hands of locally elected politicians, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
“Today’s the day we were told would never happen. There was great opposition from the unionist parties. And the SDLP threw in the towel on Policing legislation almost 10 years ago in 2001.
“They said at that time that it would be impossible to get any other legislation. Sinn Féin stuck at it. We have delivered an increased policing and justice budget and a whole raft of new legislation. We have secured the transfer of policing and justice powers; and won the support of most of the other parties.
“So this is yet another important step forward in the ongoing process of change. The peace process is being challenged but the peace process is working.
“Sinn Féin is very pleased with today’s progress and we are determined to keep moving forward.” ENDS