Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

David Ford in anti-terrorism funds plea

Devolution of policing and justice to Northern Ireland could be in jeopardy if an extra £200m to combat terrorism is not provided by the Treasury, the Justice Minister has said.

High-level talks are being held with the Government in a bid to secure more money to deal with the threat posed by dissident terrorists, David Ford said yesterday.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott has asked for access to Government Treasury reserve funds, which last year ran to £50m, to be extended for the next four years.

The Alliance Party MLA for South Antrim said: “If the money was not made available, then the entire budget for the Department of Justice would be in major jeopardy and I believe it would be an indication of serious difficulty, frankly, for the entire process of the devolution of policing and justice.”

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