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Policing pay out can not be justified - Pat Sheehan

23 January, 2014 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said the amount of money paid out to former police officers is unjustifiable.

The West Belfast MLA and member of the Policing Board said:

"The amount of money, £135m, involved is extortionate. This is clearly unjustifiable and can not be stood over.

"These officers were well paid and this public money could have been used elsewhere.

"A lot of those receiving the money were former members and possibly received very large pay outs. They are also in receipt of significant pensions following the implementation of Patten.

"The British government need to carry the burden of these costs as policing was under their control when most of these cases took place."

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