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Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by KevinB, Feb 12, 2008.

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    Devolution of policing and justice to Northern Ireland is
    only a matter of time, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said

    Mr. Adams also said it was ironic that the DUP was resisting
    the transfer from Westminster this May after unionists
    contributed to the collapse of Stormont more than 30 years
    ago over the removal of security responsibilities.

    Earlier today, DUP First Minister Ian Paisley insisted there
    was insufficient community confidence in Sinn Fein`s
    commitment to the rule of law to hand over policing and
    courts matters.

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Taoiseach Bertie
    Ahern endorsed the shift at the weekend.

    "There is no principle involved here - the DUP has agreed
    with the broad principles of all of these matters, it is
    only a matter of timing," Mr Adams said.

    Many unionists have called for the IRA`s ruling council to
    go to help build confidence ahead of the handing over of
    security responsibilities.

    Mr Paisley has maintained that his party would not be forced
    by the British and Irish premiers and demanded talks with Mr
  2. How can 'Dr.' Paisley expect poor Gerry to do anything about the RA Army Council? After all, he had naught to do with it. :lol:
  3. The squalid tale goes on...

    History is being rewritten as we watch. Mind you, Adam is right on one thing: "There is no principle involved here...".
  4. Of course it's a case of when rather than if. Gerry and the peacemakers sold the idea of this whole shebang to some of their less inclined supporters on the basis that a devolved government would have responsibility for policing and justice, most likely this year. The longer they don't get their grubby hands on it, the more these less inclined folks will feel they've been sold a dummy by the shinners. And this just about the time when the possibility of the dissidents may be getting their act together too. On the flip side, the general feeling within the unionist community is that if the DUP/UUP are party to the shinners becoming involved in devolved policing and justice, that would be too much, too early. The DUP especially have a lot to lose if this happens anytime soon. Take your pick then - Who's going to blink first?
  5. An interesting game it is.