As a small aside to todays vote, Radio Ulster indicated current Independent MLA but Fianna Fail member Gerry McHugh, formerly of SF, voted to endorse the devolution of policing and justice.
Which yet again seems to run contrary to his declared reasons for leaving SF:
I feel the direction Sinn Féin is taking is more about appeasement of the British government and administrating British rule in Ireland rather than working towards the end of British occupation. Assembly structures support this – at both committee and plenary level unionists have majority control.
Mr McHugh said Sinn Féins decision to endorse policing in the north was a factor in his decision.
I have no difficulties with the idea of civil policing but I have a difficulty with the excessive amounts of MI5 and military spooks operating in the six counties, he said.
The fact that the PSNI is being used by MI5 for political policing here should be a major concern for everybody here, he said.
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