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Kelly - Transfer of Policing and Justice powers must happen

20 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly MLA responding to Peter Robinson's comments on the timeframe for the transfer of policing said:

"The British government has set out their intent to transfer powers on policing away from Westminster. It is now the job of the Programme for Government committee to agree the timetable for the transfer of powers and the departmental model which will be used within the Executive. These are issues that should be dealt with relatively quickly. The coming weeks will tell us if the DUP is serious about addressing these issues and serious
about power-sharing.

"The fact is that policing is a matter for both Governments and all the  parties, including the DUP. The DUP has to come up to the mark in terms of accepting accountable policing, subject to democratic control, responsible to the community and leaving behind the repressive and sectarian legacy of the past."ENDS

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