Sinn Fein decision on Ard Fheis receives warm welcome
Last night's decision by Sinn Fein's Ard Comhairle to hold a special Ard Fheis on policing at the end of the month has received a warm welcome.
The party voted in favour of holding the conference on the 28th of January after almost six hours of talks in Dublin.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams described the decision as a courageous and historic one
He said that despite the DUP's failure to respond to the proposals, their efforts to achieve a new beginning for policing will continue
"Sinn Fein have said very decisively that we will not be paralysed by rejectionist elements in the DUP. We're moving on in the hope that positive elements of unionism, including those in the DUP, will see this as an enormous step forward," he said.
Mr Adams also reiterated the party's commitment to getting the policing issue sorted out.
The SDLP's Policing Spokesperson Alex Attwood commended Sinn Fein for not handing the DUP a veto on the safety of the nationalist communities.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said the two Governments remain focused on the full implementation of the St Andrews Agreement and will remain in close contact over the coming weeks.