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O’Neill challenges Bradley over Policing Board appointments

21 June, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

The failure to appoint a full quota of independent members to the reconstituted policing board must be addressed as a matter of priority by the British Secretary of State, Leas Uachtarán Shinn Féin Michelle O’Neill has said.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking after writing to Karen Bradley urging her to resolve the issue.

She said: “I have raised this matter with Karen Bradley on a number of occasions now because it is essential that we have in place a Policing Board with the full complement of 19 members.

“I have now written to her on that basis because I remain concerned that independent positions remain to be filled.

“With the Board now functioning it is essential for oversight, accountability and public confidence that it is representative and reflective of northern society.

“It is therefore unacceptable that any independent position should remain unfilled, at any time. Particularly so when then there is a pool of eligible candidates.

“I have therefore asked the British Secretary of State for an update on what steps she is taking to ensure that all the independent positions on the Policing Board are filled.

“Only a full Policing Board can ensure the delivery of an ‘effective, efficient, impartial, representative and accountable police service which will secure the confidence of the whole community’ so this must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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