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Sinn Féin welcome progress on Devolution of Policing

4 June, 2007


Sinn Fein Policing Spokesperson, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that the formal moving of the motion on the Report on Devolution of Policing and Justice Matters by the Chair of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee Jeffery Donaldson in the Assembly today represented an important step in the process of devolving these responsibilities.

Mr Maskey said:

"This is the next step in the process of the devolution of Policing and Justice Powers

"Sinn Féin objectives have always been for legislation to enable transfer of powers away from Britain and into Ireland; for agreement on the time-frame and the detail of powers to be transferred and agreement on the model for a Justice department.

"We have already begun to address these issues and look forward to working constructively within the Assembly and Executive Review Committee to ensure progress towards the devolution of Policing and Justice Powers in early 2008." ENDS

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