While Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has been grandstanding in
Dublin Tullamore, the Alliance Party’s David Ford’s comments in the Observer indicate what has still to be agreed before policing and justice powers can be devolved. From the Observer article.
In an interview with the Observer, Ford said his only precondition for becoming minister was that all four main parties in the coalition agree to a set departmental programme. He said that “intellectually at least” the first minister, Peter Robinson, had already accepted that policing and justice powers should be transferred from Westminster to Stormont.
Referring to the Omagh bomb investigation, which revealed that MI5 had not shared intelligence on dissidents with the RUC, he said: “There is clearly the need, as Omagh showed, to ensure that intelligence is joined up. I would expect the justice minister to be informed in a general sense but [not?] on specific security details.”