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Ford’s Comments about DPPs disappointing - Logue

7 April, 2008

Sinn Féin Councillor Annemarie Logue has expressed her disappointment at comments made by the Alliance leader, and Antrim Borough Councillor, David Ford in last week's edition of the Antrim Guardian regarding the make up of Antrim DPP.

Councillor Logue said:

"I am disappointed but not surprised at David Ford's attack on the integrity of the selection panel in its appointments to the Antrim District Policing Partnership. Obviously in his rush to judgement he ignores the fact that it is a legal requirement for the Policing Board to ensure that the composition of each DPP as a whole, elected members and independent members together, is representative of the community it serves.

"In making the recent appointments, I know the Board diligently took into account the community background, gender, age, disability, ethnicity, marital status and sexual orientation of candidates.

"The Alliance Party needs to realise that we have entered a new era for politics and policing in the North of Ireland. The wide range of applicants from all sections of our community reflects the desire to achieve a policing service which is fully responsive to the community it serves. The numbers of DPP members representative of the republican/nationalist constituency accurately reflects their growing numbers in South Antrim.

"Public representatives should welcome the fact that members are being drawn from sections of the community that traditionally felt excluded from policing structures. I welcome all of the members of the DPP regardless of political or other backgrounds and wish them well in their deliberations." ENDS

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