Sinn Féin’s Assembly Spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly MLA, was in Dublin today to launch of the party’s policing reform proposals, "A New Beginning to Policing", which Sinn Féin are putting forward to the government on how best we would like to see public confidence in the administration of policing and justice in the 26 Counties restored and made more effective.
Gerry Kelly said:
“Sinn Féin has long been arguing for an Independent Policing Authority in the South, despite strong resistance to this point from the Fine Gael/Labour government. We support policing north and south and the operational independence of both the PSNI and An Garda Síochána. However, it is pivotal to have accountability mechanisms in place which command public confidence in how these public services are delivered north and south also.
“Lessons have been learned from the Patton Commission, which is now seen as international best practice. Among the core issues that must now be dealt with and implemented going forward in the delivery of policing in the south are transparency, accountability and representativeness.
“Currently there are six All-Ireland implementation bodies and six areas of co-operation under the auspices of the North South Ministerial Council. Sinn Féin is seeking the development of an All-Ireland democratically accountable policing and justice system operating to the highest standards of best practice and human rights norms across the island.
“The party’s proposals will be presented to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the new Minister for Justice and Equality in the south, Frances Fitzgerald TD.
“We urge them to consider the merits of these proposals for reform and their implementation.”
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