POLICING DEVOLUTION A MATTER OF TIME SAYS ADAMS

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POLICING DEVOLUTION A MATTER OF TIME SAYS ADAMS 02/11/08 12:17 EST

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

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
Brown.
 
#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?
 
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foggy_balla said:
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?
An interesting game it is.
 

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