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Date published: 2007/01/28

The BBC says:

Sinn Fein members have voted to support policing in Northern Ireland for the first time in the party's history.

About 900 party members voted on the motion at a special party conference (ard fheis) in Dublin which was attended by more than 2,000 people.

Sinn Fein support for policing and DUP commitment to power-sharing are seen as essential to restoring NI devolution.

A six hour debate was cut short as the leadership forced a vote which was carried with 90% support.

The decision gives Sinn Fein's ruling executive the authority to declare its support for the PSNI and the criminal justice system when devolution is restored and policing and justice powers are transferred to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Speaking after the vote, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said the decision was truly historic.

Historic indeed. A good day for Northern Ireland, although there is still a long way to go. Hopefully the Unionists will reciprocate and start to behave like adults.

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