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People demand devolution - Adams
Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams said people want devolution returned
The people of Northern Ireland are demanding devolved government, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has told his party's annual conference in Dublin.

"On the doorsteps, there is a clear demand that locally-elected politicians face up to our responsibilities," Mr Adams said.

He also said Sinn Fein wanted policing that was "democratically accountable, de-politicised and transparent".

Earlier, motions urging Sinn Fein not to join policing boards were rejected.

Mr Adams said there may be "more theatrics, more bluster, more posturing" before devolution is restored by the 26 March deadline.

"But the fact is, if the DUP prevent the executive and assembly from being established, then Ian Paisley will have to explain to unionists why he got rid of the only institution that unionism argued for," he said.

Policing

The party's policing spokesman, Gerry Kelly earlier told delegates at the RDS that backing the motions against joining policing boards would give the party's opponents a "platform to attack it".

The call was made at the party's annual conference, or ard fheis, in Dublin.

Mr Kelly said the party had made a "hard and historic decision" at the recent special meeting which backed supporting the PSNI.

He said it was not just about a new beginning to policing but about being in the driving seat of the peace and political process.

He said the motions had been comprehensively debated and passing them would either "kick their initiative into reverse or tie their hands with a series of preconditions".

Mr Kelly opposed 10 motions, including one which said the party would not take its place on policing boards until such time as power had been devolved from London.




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