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New challenges for North's politicians

Published 01/01/2008

Northern Ireland's Secretary of State Shaun Woodward has said politicians face the challenge in the New Year of deciding if they are ready to take control of justice in the province.

In his New Year message, Mr Woodward said the completion of devolution would be

another crucial step for the people of the province.

Mr Woodward said people expect the political parties to finish the job of devolution and

devolve policing and justice powers to the Assembly.

He said he hoped the parties would embrace the challenge and work together to

complete the process of devolution.

Looking back on 2007 he said by any standards it had been a momentous year and

there had been extraordinary progress since May 8 when devolution was restored.

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