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Sinn Féin to host conference on all-Ireland Policing and Justice vision

12 January, 2006

Sinn Féin will this weekend host an internal conference in Belfast entitled ‘Developing an all-Ireland vision for justice and policing‘.

The conference organised by Sinn Féin will be held in the Balmoral Hotel on Saturday 14th January and will feature a key note address by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly along with contributions from Sinn Féin TD Aengus O’Snodaigh and a variety of outside groups and individuals.

Amongst those addressing the conference will be academics Paul O’Mahoney (Trinity), Paddy Hilliard (QUB) and Phil Scranton (QUB).

Speakers from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), the Campaign for the Administration of Justice (CAJ), the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) and an expert on ethnic minority issues across the island will also speak to the party members present.

Speaking today in advance of the event Sinn Féin spokesperson on policing and justice Gerry Kelly said:

“This weekends conference will provide an opportunity for party members both to take stock of the current point of development in policing and to debate issues of concern around policing and justice and also to listen to contributions from outside experts and organisations.

“ Sinn Féin have a clear vision of the sort of rights based society we want to see developed across the entire island. Central to this is achieving the highest standards in policing and justice. Civic policing must prevail. Political detectives must go. This is a requirement of a new beginning to policing. These are issues which affect every citizen but given the experience of republicans over the past thirty years these issues become all of the more important to us.

“ This weekends conference is about more than a debate around policing structures in the six counties. It is about developing an all-Ireland approach to the issues of policing and justice and developing a strategy to drive forward that all-Ireland agenda.

“ The conference will allow Sinn Féin activists to engage internally and with others on these issues and set out principles and priorities for further policy development in this area.” ENDS

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