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PSNI Criticised Over Paisley Invite

26 April, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has said that the decision of the PSNI to invite Ian Paisley Junior to address the graduation ceremony for new recruits sent a clear message that the force 'was ultimately Anti-Agreement in its political outlook and unionist in its ethos and make up'.

Mr Maskey said:

" The decision of the PSNI to have Ian Paisley junior address their graduation ceremony for new recruits shows just how far this force will have to move before they become an impartial and acceptable policing service.

" The PSNI are sending a very clear message to the nationalist community that ultimately they are a force which is anti agreement and unionist in its ethos and make up. They are a force who continue to protect within its senior ranks those who carried out and initiated the collusion policy. They continue to refuse to co-operate with inquests and continue to place obstacles in the way of families like the Finucanes who are seeking the truth.

" The PSNI are not an acceptable policing service. That is the bottom line. Having a leading anti-Agreement unionist fronting their graduation ceremony is simply another manifestation of that fact." ENDS

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