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PSNI operation driven by RUC old guard agenda

3 November, 2005


Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has said that the ongoing PSNI operation against republicans in the Dungannon area will further undermine the confidence of the nationalist community in the ability of the PSNI to deliver impartial and accountable policing.

Ms Gildernew said:

" The PSNI operation against republicans which began yesterday n South Down and continued overnight in Dungannon is without doubt driven by the political policing agenda of the RUC old guard in the Special Branch. Yesterday's Special Branch briefing of the usual selected sources in the media and the unprecedented naming of those arrested by certain media outlets points all of us in that direction.

" I have no doubt that these briefings will continue today and attempts will be made to smear those arrested through the media. The operation in Tyrone overnight has been heavy handed, unwarranted and completely without justification.

" These are not the actions of an accountable and acceptable policing service. The operation in Tyrone will further undermine the confidence of the nationalist community in the ability of the PSNI to deliver impartial, accountable policing and of course raises very serious questions for the SDLP who we assume endorse this type of operation." ENDS

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