Interesting line from Sean Farren, who basically argues that the Sinn Fein’s stated reasons for holding out on accepting policing have little basis in fact:
I think there has been a lot of over-exaggeration and overstatement from Sinn Féin about the transfer of policing and justice powers to Stormont. They talk about accountability but we have actually been involved in policing for five years and have witnessed significant changes at first hand. While the transfer of powers would be symbolic, it remains to be seen how a minister would perform any more effectively in that regard.
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