E’ DEL SDLP IL PRIMO CANDIDATO A MINISTRO DELLA GIUSTIZIA
Il SDLP candida Alban Maginness come Ministro della Giustizia
Il Social Democratic and Labour Party fresco di nomina di Margaret Ritchie quale suo nuovo leader, è il primo partito ad aver fornito il nominativo del proprio candidato alla carica di Ministero della Giustizia.
Alban Maginness, avvocato rappresentante di North Belfast in seno all’Assembly, è quindi uno dei papabili pretendenti alla guida del Ministero di Giustizia che dopo 38 anni, dovrebbe assumere i propri poteri (che riguarderanno la polizia, i magistrati, il pubblico ministero e le prigioni) il 12 aprile prossimo, come sancito dall’Hillsborough Castle Agreement.
Nessuna indiscrezione trapela ne dal DUP, ne dal Sinn Fein, ne dall’UUP.
Il candidato favorito, secondo le indiscrezioni, continua ad essere David Ford, leader dell’Alliance Party che ha rifiutato di dichiarare la candidatura sull’onda della preoccupazione sul ‘futuro condiviso e le politiche del dipartimento di giustizia’.
“Ci sono notevoli inefficienze e le pressioni dei costi all’interno del sistema di giustizia penale e del lavoro per gestire le scarse risorse in modo più efficiente ed efficace deve essere intensificata al fine di garantire un livello sostenibile di servizio pubblico”, ha aggiunto Ford.
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SDLP nominates justice candidate (BBC News Northern Ireland)
The SDLP was the only party to nominate a candidate for the job of justice minister at a meeting of Stormont party leaders on Tuesday morning.
The new leader of the party, Margaret Ritchie, put forward the name of North Belfast MLA, barrister Alban Maginness.
The most likely party to provide the new minister, Alliance, declined to nominate its leader David Ford.
It instead published a number of proposals on justice policy which it would like to see implemented.
Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey said little substantive progress had been made on Tuesday, but that was not expected at the first meeting.
Alliance leader Mr Ford remains the favourite to take the justice job.
However, he said his party would not pick its candidate until concerns are addressed about “a shared future and the policies for a department of justice”.
Mr Ford said there had been some “frostiness” at Tuesday’s Stormont meeting, but added Sinn Fein and the DUP were prepared to engage.
“Since last Friday there has been constructive and positive engagement, certainly through yesterday. There remains work to be done but the Alliance Party remains committed to doing that.”
Of his party’s proposals he said: “There are considerable inefficiencies and cost pressures within the criminal justice system and work to manage scarce resources more efficiently and effectively must be intensified to ensure a sustainable level of public service.”
The new minister is to take up the position on 12 April and their responsibilities will include policing, the courts, public prosecution service and prisons.
It follows the agreement reached on the long-awaited policing and justice deal which was announced on Friday.
The agreement allows for the first and deputy first ministers to identify a candidate who would command cross-community support in the assembly.
The Ulster Unionists and the SDLP have insisted Alliance has no right to the post under the d’Hondt system for selecting ministers, which was agreed in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Ms Ritchie said: “There should not be any departure from the democratic principles as enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement.
“We in the SDLP want policing and justice delivered as quickly as possible but there should not be any corruption of democracy in terms of the appointment.”