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Sinn Féin votes in favour of non-jury courts in ‘Exceptional circumstances’

Sinn Féin has voted in favour of a motion saying the party supports the use of non-jury courts in exceptional circumstances.

The vote passed 2:1 in favour of the motion.

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said she is in favour of the a non-jury court, but only in “exceptional circumstances”.

Speaking at the party’s first Ard Fhéis in Dublin this morning, she said her party is very aware of the havoc organised crime is having on communities.

She said that criminals must be held accountable, and that requires a judicial system that works.

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“We recognise the need in exceptional circumstances for the option of the non-jury court,” McDonald said.

The passing of today’s motion marks the end of Sinn Féin’s long standing opposition to the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

IMAGE -“Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and Vice President Michelle O’Neill” by Sinn Féin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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