Attending Sinn Féin Ard Fheis will not resolve Matt Baggott's credibility rating - Gerry Kelly
Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly commenting on the PSNI Chief Constable’s suggestion that he would attend a Sinn Féin Ard Fheis if he were invited said:
“While it is an interesting suggestion and presumably the party will give it due consideration, the Ard Fheis is not until next May so it is far too early to suggest who will be invited.
“Matt Baggott's credibility rating among the nationalist community is fairly low at the minute. His willingness to attend a Sinn Féin Ard Fheis sometime next year will not resolve that, nor should it be allowed to distract from significant issues which he has yet to adequately address. His dismissal of criticism by the Ombudsman’s Office into the RUC investigation of the McGurk’s bar bombing and also the failure of his organisation to properly investigate the Loughinisland massacre are just two of many areas of concern.
“We also have the continued and unacceptable use of lethal plastic bullets by the PSNI. How he can reconcile this with his apparent commitment to community policing is beyond me.
“The key to building confidence and support in the PSNI is evidence of good policing on the ground, of accountable policing. That’s where the focus needs to be and needs to be kept.” CRÍOCH/END.