Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 30 August 2015

Government trying to buy off DUP: Kelly

Published 31/10/2009

Gerry Kelly
Gerry Kelly

The Government last night sparked a row over the devolution of policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland after a letter outlining a side deal with the DUP was accidentally sent to Sinn Fein.

Republicans produced a letter signed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and addressed to DUP leader Peter Robinson offering £20 million to former part-time police officers.

Sinn Fein branded it a bid to “buy off” DUP support for the devolution of the justice powers and claimed Government risked bringing the process into disrepute.

Republicans claimed the letter was sent, apparently mistakenly, to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister at Stormont where mail is accessed by both Sinn Fein and the DUP.

Sinn Fein junior minister Gerry Kelly said the effort to transfer policing and justice powers “is being brought into disrepute by the British Government's willingness to buy off the DUP”.

From the web

Sponsored Videos

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph