the party is now fully supporting the police and the criminal justice system..

We’ll have to wait for the latest issue of An Phoblacht to check the detail of the interview with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, as reported by RTÉ, who state that he will say the party is now fully supporting the police and the criminal justice system and will continue to do so. After all, the Ard Fheis motion did contain some conditionality on that support, unless the Ard Chomhairle has already decided that they are “satisfied that the policing and justice powers will be transferred.” If true, those hypotheticals should be answerable now.. And does that include all areas of policing? In the meantime we can look at what he said to RTÉ before meeting with the Taoiseach and Finance Minister Brian Cowen – “He said all the outstanding issues had been dealt with and, more importantly, the people had spoken.” It’s an echo of what the Taoiseach had to say in Washington.. But all outstanding issues? Even the latest wrinkle? Updated belowAccording to the RTÉ report

In an interview to be published on Thursday in this week’s An Phoblacht magazine, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams says the party is now fully supporting the police and the criminal justice system and will continue to do so.

He also states that the IRA has removed itself from the picture, and that there is no reason or excuse for armed actions.

The comments are pitched to bolster those in the DUP who want to form a power-sharing government at Stormont next Monday.

On policing, Mr Adams says Sinn Féin ministers will sign the ministerial pledge supporting the PSNI.

He says the party will take its seats on the policing board and the district policing partnerships.

The Process™, on the other hand, continues..

As SuperSoupy has pointed out in the comments, the Irish Examiner has more detail from that interview.. it would appear that the conditionality remains

Sinn Féin would participate fully in policing structures, including the Policing Board once reconstituted and the District Policing Partnerships, and he would propose that to the party’s Ard Chomhairle as soon as the institutions were re-established.

He added that this becomes possible in the context of the restoration of the political institutions and the Ard Chomhairle’s satisfaction that policing and justice powers will be transferred away from London.

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  • SuperSoupy
  • conor

    So how will this united Ireland be achieved then?

  • SuperSoupy

    Pete,

    Are you sure that is conditionality? The bodies will not be reconstituted until the instituitions are up and running.

    Surely he is saying he will recommend joining as soon as the DUP make it possible for SF to do so?

  • Pete Baker

    SS

    As I’m sure you’re aware that particular issue – “the Ard Chomhairle’s satisfaction that policing and justice powers will be transferred away from London” – is a condition the Ard Fheis placed on the party leadership.

    And as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, and the British government eventually acknowledged – that power is not in the gift of the government

    The DUP’s position is also clear.. they are adamant that the transfer will be dependent on conditions on the ground rather than putative deadlinesno futuring involved.

  • Nevin

    “Surely he is saying he will recommend joining as soon as the DUP make it possible for SF to do so?”

    And, presumably, the DUP response to this conditionality will be, “You jump first, this time, Mr Adams” – or words to that effect – ie SF makes it possible for the DUP to go into an Executive.

  • Nevin

    “He also states that the IRA has removed itself from the picture, ..”

    So when was the Army Council disbanded? I suspect it hasn’t gone very far away, you know.

  • Cuthbert

    On the Radio Ulster news this evening, it claimed

    “NEWS JUST IN….., Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams says the party is now fully supporting the police and the criminal justice system…”

    It was delivered with urgency and as important, breaking news. Are there bigger powers at play helping Gerry get his mesage across? I wonder. Now who would want to help him?

  • lies, damned lies

    Gerry is fast becoming more of a cheerleader for the ‘security forces’ than any unionist ever was.
    Much as I hate to quote the man, ‘ding ding’.

  • Yokel

    Timing, sequencing, pressure….

  • mickhall

    Cuthbert

    How dare you cast such aspersions, you know the media is totally independent from any government control or influence.

    Pete is absolutely correct on the Ard Chomhairle motion, but hey, who is left in SF with enough of an independent mind to complain.
    Although perhaps one of the Shinner regulars here would like to prove me wrong?

  • Terry Doherty

    Mick, sure all the independents are still counting their votes from the last election, 8130 or so at the last count.

    As to supporting the PSNI. Any views as to what people with information on the two Belfast murders should do with it?

  • eddie mc garrigle

    Whats the big deal here, the President of Lies and J118 have been working for the ‘security forces’ for decades. They are just making it public official party policy now.

  • URQUHART

    In the Real Struggle, i.e. to get Mary Lou’s mug as often as possible onto the 9.00 news, nothing can be ruled out.

    SF’s new British Commonwealth Strategy is scheduled for launch next Wednesday.

  • Glen Taisie

    Sinn Féin will wholeheartedly participate fully in policing structures, including the Policing Board and the District Policing Partnerships

    Gerry is only leading the troops into the next stage of the REVOLUTION.

    “1973 YEAR OF FREEDOM”

  • blogrus

    “Gerry is only leading the troops into the next stage of the REVOLUTION”

    I think Gerry is leading us into a situation where he can be replace Mary in Aras an Uachtarain. He is also leading us into constitutional politics – he is wearing the SDLP clothes wrapped up in a tricolour and proclaiming the romanticism of 1916. By the way, is it true that Sinn Fein didn’t actually participate in the 1916 uprising they spend so much time waxing lyrical about. Am I right or wrong. Some historic facts could help here

  • Henry94

    Sinn Féin was wrongly blamed by the British for the Easter Rising (some things never change), with which it had no association. Any group that disagreed with mainstream constitutional politics was branded ‘Sinn Féin’ by British commentators. The term ‘Sinn Féin Rebellion’ was also used by the Irish media, the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) and even by a few of those involved in the Rising.

    Surviving leaders of the Rising under Éamon de Valera took over the party and introduced the republican policies it has retained since.

  • blogrus

    Henry94 has quite eloquently confirmed it. Sinn Fein’s attempts to glorify their 1916 rebellion is quite hypocritical. Plus ca change, plus ca la meme chose

  • SuperSoupy

    The full interview is now online:

    http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/18357