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Sinn Féin to challenge new PSNI chief on Brexit, flags and legacy – O'Neill

7 July, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Confirming that she will lead a party delegation to meet with Simon Byrne at Stormont, Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill said there were several issues which the newly appointed Chief Constable will quickly need to confront.

.Michelle O’Neill said: “There are a number of matters that we will be raising with the Chief Constable, not least the PSNI’s role in dealing with the proliferation of illegal flags and banners we have seen erected this year as well as the ongoing problem of hate displays at bonfires.

“The PSNI’s preparations for Brexit as well as the need for more representative policing in partnership with local communities will also be raised.

“We also have to be upfront that the nationalist community’s confidence in the PSNI has been damaged by the way it has handled the legacy issue in particular. 

“The repeated failures to disclose information and the obstruction of investigations through court appeals and other stalling tactics does not inspire confidence that the PSNI hierarchy is genuinely interested in securing truth and justice about the past.

“Successive PSNI Chief Constables have said they want to be extricated from policing the past.

“Simon Byrne can make a start on that by ensuring there are no more PSNI appeals of court rulings ordering independent investigations into collusion and by supporting the full and swift implementation of the Stormont House legacy bodies.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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