Minister Flanagan welcomes NI Assembly decision on National Crime Agency3/2/15
Minister Flanagan has welcomed the decision of the Northern Ireland Assembly to allow the remit of the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) to fully include Northern Ireland.
Minister Flanagan stated:
“The Government welcomes the decision by the Northern Ireland Assembly to allow the remit of the UK National Crime Agency to be extended fully to Northern Ireland. An Garda Síochána already enjoys effective cooperation with the NCA and this extension in the remit of the NCA should facilitate increased co-operation on this island in the fight against organised crime, economic crime, human trafficking and child exploitation.
“The Government’s welcome for this decision is particularly influenced by the progress made to bring the NCA’s operations in Northern Ireland within the framework of the police accountability arrangements established following the Patten report. These accountability arrangements, which include oversight roles for the Policing Board and the Police Ombudsman, have been at the heart of the successful transformation of policing in Northern Ireland.”
3 February 2015