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Sinn Fein executive meeting postponed

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams said the meeting was postponed because of the weather

The Sinn Fein national executive meeting in Dublin on Saturday has been postponed due to the bad weather.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams said the Ard Chomhairle was to discuss "the growing crisis in the political process".

He said it was temporarily postponed as "given the seriousness of what we have to discuss it is imperative that we have the fullest attendance".

"We are totally dissatisfied with the approach taken by the DUP and this has continued in recent days," he said.

"Their return to business as usual is just that.

"They are still refusing to honour the commitment which they made in relation to the transfer of powers on policing and justice and indeed in relation to power-sharing itself," Mr Adams said.

Sinn Fein wants to see immediate devolution of policing powers but the DUP has said it must be conditional on "community confidence".

On Thursday, Sinn Fein said no progress was made in talks with the DUP on a date for the transfer of justice powers.

A party spokesperson said DUP chief whip Maurice Morrow has stated the transfer of powers would not happen in the lifetime of this assembly.

On Tuesday, NI Secretary Shaun Woodward said the British and Irish governments were optimistic about the issue.

Sinn Fein warned before Christmas that the Stormont administration would be in "deep trouble" if policing powers were not devolved soon.

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