Ford welcomes Foster assurances on justice talks

Alliance Leader David Ford has welcomed assurance from Acting First Minister Arlene Foster that the current round of discussions will include all Assembly parties, not just the DUP and Sinn Fein. In the Assembly today, David Ford pressed the Minister for inclusive talks and progress on other outstanding issues.

David Ford said: “I welcome the assurances from Arlene Foster that she and Martin McGuinness will engage with the other Assembly parties in seeking to resolve the difficulties surrounding the devolution of justice.

“I emphasised to the Minister that there must be the widest possible agreement on policies for the Department of Justice. This is essential if devolution is to deliver for all of the people of Northern Ireland.

“I also told the Minister that progress on clearing the logjam of outstanding issues would be the best way of building confidence in the Assembly and the Executive.”


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