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Reconstituted Policing Board will not impact on efforts to get new beginning

13 October, 2005


Commenting on the announcement by Peter Hain that he is to re-constitute the Policing Board Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew said that the focus of the British government should be on getting policing right not on tinkering with the make up of the Policing Board.

Ms Gildernew said:

"Today's announcement from Peter Hain reconstituting the Policing Board will not impact on ongoing efforts by Sinn Féin to ensure that we get the new beginning to policing demanded by the Good Friday Agreement.

"The British government have given a commitment to bring forward further amending legislation early next year and we need to see the detail of this given the fact that previous efforts to give legislative effect to Patten have been so disastrous.

"Sinn Féin are determined to see an acceptable and accountable policing service delivered. Unlike the SDLP we did not jump too early onto a Policing Board which is unable to hold the PSNI to account and went on to ratify the purchase of new plastic bullets in direct conflict with previous public commitments from that party.

"Nationalists and Republicans have endorsed the Sinn Féin position on policing election after election. These communities deserve proper and effective policing and we remain committed to achieving this in the time ahead. The British governments effort should be on getting policing right not on tinkering with the make up of the Board." ENDS

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