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Adams attacks British Government decision on 50-50 Recruitment to the PSNI

23 March, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this morning attacked the ‘unilateral decision by the British Secretary of State on Tuesday to scrap the 50-50 recruitment procedure to the PSNI”.

Mr. Adams was speaking during Taoiseach’s Questions in the Dáil where he raised with the Taoiseach his concerns about important aspects of the Good Friday Agreement and other agreements that have not been implemented. These include a north-south Parliamentary Forum; an independent Consultative Forum; a Bill of Rights and the introduction of An Acht na Gaeilge (an Irish Language Act).

Mr. Adams sought assurances from the Taoiseach that the government will urgently review these issues and discuss how they can best be progressed.

On Tuesday the British Secretary of State announced the ending next Monday of the 50-50 recruitment practice to the PSNI.

The Sinn Féin leader asked the Taoiseach if the British government had consulted with it on this. From the Taoiseach’s reply it would appear it didn’t.

Speaking after the debate Gerry Adams said:

“The Good Friday Agreement was a landmark agreement in the history of this island and of relationships between this island and Britain.

Despite this progress it is a fact that there are a number of serious matters arising from the Good Friday and other agreements that the British government and the Irish government have not implemented.

For example, the various agreements call for the creation of a north-south Parliamentary Forum; an independent Consultative Forum; a Bill of Rights and the introduction of An Acht na Gaeilge (an Irish Language Act).

Of particular concern is the announcement on Monday by the British Secretary of State that the critical policy of 50-50 recruitment to the PSNI is to end.

This is a grievous retrograde step. It is this British Secretary of State conceding to another unionist demand and damaging the great efforts made in recent years to build a policing service that has the support and confidence of the nationalist community.

I have urged the Taoiseach to urgently contact the British Prime Minister and inform him in the strongest possible terms that 50-50 recruitment must not end.

Moroever, it is also a matter of the utmost importance that the Taoiseach meet the British Prime Minister and agree a timetabled, programme of work that can resolve all these outstanding issues.

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