Belfast Telegraph

North Down reaction to new agreement

By Brian Lovett

Following the announcement on Friday of a deal to save the power-sharing government, The CT spoke to North Down residents to find out what people thought of it.

The main political parties struck an agreement to devolve policing and justice powers to Stormont after long negotiations.

There will now be a period of consultation leading to a vote in the Assembly, with the aim of transferring policing and justice powers to Stormont in early April.

Margaret Cameron, secretary of the Westwinds Residents’ Association, said she is glad to see that the decision has been made.

“My initial reaction is that I’m glad to see that the decision has been made. It’s good to see the politicians working together — if the politicians can work together then we should all be able to work together,” she said.

“Hopefully it will lead to a better future for us all and our children.”

However, Karen Worrall from the Rathgill Community Association said that while she welcomed the agreement, she did have some concerns.

“I think that the agreement should have been done a long time ago,” she said.

“I do think that there should have been a public vote. Personally I would have liked to see an election and let the people make the choice.”

She added: “I would have concerns about whether it is going to work.

“How long are we going to have to wait for them to agree on other things, especially around issues of parading? Are they going to take another while to agree on that?”

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