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Northern Ireland

Asked whether the Prime Minister had received assurances from Sinn Fein that they would demonstrate on the street that they were signed up to supporting the police, the PMOS set out what had happened so far. Firstly there had been the Ard Fheis motion; Secondly, Gerry Adams had said that anyone who was a victim of crime should go to the police; Gerry Adams had then gone on to say that if any Republican or Nationalist wanted to join the police, then Sinn Fein would support them in doing so. It terms of how we go forward, people expected the words to be translated into action. But people should recognise the significance of not just the leader of the Republican movement saying that victims of crime should go to the police, but also that young Nationalists and Republicans would be supported were they to choose to join the police. Those were two huge steps.

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