Monday, January 29, 2007
Sinn Fein agrees to back Northern Ireland police
Yesterday Sinn Fein cast an historic vote to back police and criminal justice system of Northern Ireland. Now the process can go forward to set up a regional power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.
The vote, a momentous step for Sinn Fein, could end a political stalemate in Northern Ireland after the suspension in 2002 of a power-sharing assembly between majority pro-British Protestants and a Catholic minority who want a united Ireland.
The Protestant Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will wait to see if they can trust Gerry Adams and his organization now to back the police. There has long been a distrust between the 2 organizations and the Catholic minority is essentially in favor of a united Ireland.
Tony Blair welcomed this historic decision and recognized the leadership it has taken to get to this point.
Videos of the Sinn Fein meetings are on YouTube.