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‘Sinn Féin support for Stormont House won’t stop us challenging PSNI failures’ - Kelly

8 May, 2019 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin has always supported the Stormont House Agreement as the best way of dealing with the past, but will never shy away from challenging PSNI failings, the party’s Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly has said.

The North Belfast MLA was responding to comments by PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton criticising politicians over the failure to implement agreed measures to deal with the legacy of the conflict.

Gerry Kelly said: “Sinn Féin has always been entirely consistent with regards the legacy issue. The bodies agreed by all parties at Stormont House should be implemented and the British Government should end the stalling tactics which have prevented this from happening.

“That is the position we have always taken, in private and in public, in our engagements with the PSNI.

“George Hamilton is right, the PSNI should not be investigating the past. After all, how could they do so independently? But the delays that are frustrating him stem from the British Government which, almost five years after the Stormont House Agreement, have still to bring forward the legislation giving effect to it.

“The PSNI Chief Constable should also know that while we agree with his position on policing legacy cases, Sinn Féin will never shy away from holding the PSNI to account and challenging them when they get things wrong.

“It is only a matter of weeks since the Police Ombudsman uncovered appalling failings in the PSNI’s handling of information disclosure relating to the Ormeau Bookies massacre and other atrocities carried out by death squads in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“Those failings are further evidence of the need for the Stormont House bodies to be implemented and that should happen immediately.”

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