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Huge Orde once again guilty of misleading comments

8 July, 2004

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has slammed the comments by the PSNI Chief Constable, Hugh Orde regarding the loyalist rampage through the Mater Hospital following the Tour of the North parade.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"Hugh Orde's comments come as no surprise. We are now very use to him using the policing board for politically charged comments. This latest statement is as good as legitimising what happened in the Mater Hospital following the Tour of the North.

"I would be interested in knowing what Mr Orde considers to be a riot. It is not good enough for him that over 40 youths went on the rampage within the hospital, a larger crowd outside tried to force their way in, while both staff and patients had to be locked into wards for their own safety.

"What is clear is that Hugh Orde seems to be on his own in this opinion. Representatives of all shades have spoken out and called this rampage for what it was." ENDS

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