Government plans to give MI5 a bigger say over police intelligence in Northern Ireland are cause for concern, SDLP leader Mark Durkan has said. Mr Durkan said he was worried this would lead to a lack of scrutiny. He said if this happened police intelligence would be unaccountable to the Policing Board or any future devolved administration. "What's the fuss all about?. 5 have been up in the Province for years liasing with the RUC/PSNI. After a bitter struggle with the Metropolitan Police Special Branch, MI5 took responsibility for leading the investigation of all Irish republican activity in Great Britain. It has proved itself to be successful in infiltrating the Provisional IRA, with Service operations (working closely with many police Special Branches). Im sure the PSNI will appriciate the extra pair of hands to combat both Republican & Loyalist problems. They are to be based at Palace Barracks near the Memorial Garden.