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Former RUC members – on policing gravy train

13 January, 2011 - by Alex Maskey

Commenting on the release of figures showing over £500m was spent funding the Patton redundancy package for former RUC members, Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McLaughlin said:

“There is a widely held perception within the nationalist community that many former members of the RUC are on little more than a gravy train when it comes to claiming money from the public purse.

“It must be remembered that when these individuals were involved in the RUC they were paid excessive salaries and bonuses and then the severance package granted to them by the British government was far too generous.

Since then many who have taken this package have subsequently sought to extract further public money through hearing loss and other legal claims. This is completely unacceptable, particularly when contrasted with the treatment received by many victims of the RUC.

“Patton was about more than police numbers. It was about creating an accountable and representative policing service. Human Rights abusers had to be weeded out. But in our view the amount of money handed to these individuals has been exorbitant and unnecessary.”


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