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Ruane challenges Ombudsman to resign at Policing Board meeting

11 August, 2011 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down Caitriona Ruane today challenged the Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson to resign at a meeting of the Policing Board Human Rights Committee after the collapse in community confidence in his role in the wake of the report in the Louighinisland massacre.

Ms Ruane said:

“Today’s meeting of the Policing Board Human Rights Committee provided members with the first opportunity since the flawed Ombudsman Report into Loughinisland to directly challenge Al Hutchinson.

“Mr Hutchinson arbitrarily decided to change the Judge Corey definition of collusion and managed to produce a report which ignored completely the role of state agents in the planning, execution and cover-up of the Loughinisland massacre. He managed to dismiss the fact that despite the identity of those responsible being known and over 170 separate evidential exhibits nobody has ever been charged.

“Al Hutchinson by his own actions has undermined entirely community confidence in his ability to continue in such an important policing role. The fact is he needs to resign and allow a new Police Ombudsman to be appointed in order to restore credibility and confidence in the office.” ENDS

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