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Maskey raises Kennedy case at Policing Board

20 May, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Maskey raises Kennedy case at Policing Board

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today raised the case of Kevin Kennedy at a meeting in the Policing Board. Mr Kennedy was forced to resign from a position in the Board in 2004 after the PSNI refused him security clearance on the basis that his brother was a member of Sinn Féin.

Mr Maskey said:

“The case of Kevin Kennedy raises extremely serious issues for the both the Policing Board and the PSNI. This is not a case about security clearance. This is a case of political vetting.

“I intend to establish whether the Policing Board in 2004 was directly complicit in discriminatory employment practices inspired by failed and reactionary political agendas. If it emerges that it was then the implications are extremely serious.

“Of course what is required is for the removal from employment law of Section 42, which has for years been used as a tool to politically vet people seeking employment in the public sector. In an era post Good Friday Agreement, St Andrews and Hillsborough this discriminatory provision needs repealed. We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the British Secretary of State Owen Patterson on this issue in the days ahead.” ENDS

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