Assessing Community Confidence?

There shouldn’t be a problem with this and it’s an example of where Democracy Live should be going. It’s a short clip from today’s questions to OFMDFM in the Northern Ireland Assembly, via Stormont Live, in which the NI deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness answers replies to a question asking how the necessary community confidence will be assessed before the NI Executive is to request the devolution of justice powers. I’ll add Hansard when available. Link to text

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P J Bradley (Social Democratic and Labour Party)

6. asked the First Minister and the deputy First Minister what steps will be taken to assess community confidence for the devolution of policing and justice, as outlined in their joint letter in November 2008. (AQO 323/10)

Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin)

It is the view of OFMDFM that powers should be transferred, which is a position that we share with all parties in the House.

In November 2008, we agreed a process to give effect to the transfer of those powers. We note the position of the PSNI and the Policing Board, which have supported the transfer, as indeed has the judiciary. The British, Irish and US Governments have done likewise.

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