Belfast Telegraph

Agreement gets local approval

The main political parties struck an agreement to devolve policing and justice powers to Stormont last Friday, 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

Following the announcement of a deal to save the power-sharing government, The CT hit the streets to find out what local people thought of it.

Speaking about the agreement, Colin Reily, from Newtownabbey, said: “I would welcome it because at the end of the day, what is the alternative?

“Do people want to go back or do they want to go forward? Hopefully it will be worth it in the end. I’m 53 now and I have lived through the Troubles and now I just want to live in peace.”

Emma Stewart, from Merville Garden Village, said: “Well I suppose it is a good thing.

“I hope it brings a lot of benefits to the country but the negotiations dragged on too long.”

One Glengormley man, who did not wish to be named, said: “If it brings benefits to the country, like employment, then it will be worth all the trouble. After all that is what people really care about.”

A Glengormley woman said: “I think it is a good thing.

“Hopefully now they can start getting down to business instead of having petty arguments. It just dragged on too long and people were getting sick of it so it is good that they have finally come to an agreement.”

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