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Ó Snodaigh welcomes cross-party support for Sinn Féin amendment for policing Ombudsman

23 June, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the cross-party support that emerged in Leinster House today for Sinn Féin's amendment to the Garda Siochana Bill 2004 to establish a single Garda Ombudsman similar to that in the Six Counties under Nuala O'Loan rather than the Minister's proposal for an 'Ombudsman Commission'. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said it was a 'welcome development' that reflected the 'consensus that has emerged' across a broad spectrum of political and public opinion on this issue.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The support from Fine Gael, the Labour Party, the Greens and a number of Independent TDs for the Sinn Féin amendment calling for a single Garda Ombudsman, similar to that of Nuala O'Loan in the Six Counties, is a welcome development. I welcome too that they recognise, even if the Minister does not, that this equivalence in human rights protection is required under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

"I believe this cross-party support reflects the widespread public and political rejection of the Minister for Justice's significantly weaker police reform provisions and also his contempt for human rights that he has demonstrated during his time in office." ENDS

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