Al Hutchinson must leave and leave now, once and for all - Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA and policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly has called on Al Hutchinson to stop dragging the office of the Ombudsman into further disrepute and make a clean break, once and for all, from this important office.
Speaking today Mr Kelly said:
"It is Sinn Féin's belief that Al Hutchinson must make a clean break and go immediately. He must stop further entwining the office of the ombudsman in a downward spiral that began with him months ago. There is no faith in him, he continues to undermine the credibility of the office and as a result adds further insult and injury to many families who have suffered due to the actions of the RUC or PSNI.
"Through his most recent action he appears intent on not only further damaging the credibility of the office but also his own credibility. His desire to hang on to whatever shreds of the position he can, either of his own volition or at the behest of others, is casting a shadow around the recruitment procedure for this position and at the very minimum begs a question or about the agenda being served.
"We have already called for a new beginning in rebuilding the confidence of this important office. The more Al Hutchinson delays, the more protracted this unacceptable situation will become. Al Hutchinson cannot be allowed to interfere through to continue to influence the outcome of any new start for the Ombudsmans Office."