Sinn Féin ends policing boycott

A decisive step towards power-sharing in the North was taken tonight as Sinn Féin ended an 86-year boycott of policing in the North.

Delegates at a special conference in Dublin tonight overwhelmingly backed party leader Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness’ call for the party to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

A lengthy six-hour debate was dramatically cut short as the leadership forced a vote which will see the party move to take its place on policing bodies in the North in the event of power-sharing returning.

After the overwhelming vote on a show of hands, Mr Adams described the decision as historic.

The Sinn Féin leader said: “Its significance will be how we use this decision to move our struggle forward. Today you have created the potential to change the political landscape further.”

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