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Sinn Féin delegation meets PSNI Chief Constable

24 September, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill led a party delegation, including Gerry Kelly MLA, in a meeting with the PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne today.

The Sinn Féin team raised the vicious attack on Kevin Lunney last week with the Chief Constable and called on the PSNI to do all in its power to bring those responsible to justice.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“We had a wide ranging exchange with the Chief Constable on a number of issues.

“We raised last week’s kidnapping and vicious attack on businessman Kevin Lunney near the border.

“We told the Chief Constable that the PSNI must do all in its power to apprehend those responsible and protect other members of staff from Quinn Industrial Holdings who have been threatened and targeted by these criminals.”

Michelle O’Neill said Sinn Féin discussed the negative impact of Brexit on policing with Simon Byrne.

“We are now only 37 days away from the disaster which is Brexit.

“We discussed the operational challenges facing the PSNI in the context of the emergence of a hard border and border infrastructure and asked him about the extent of forward planning.

“We made it clear that no Brexit was good for our island but that any hardening of the border would be a setback for our hard won peace.”

The Sinn Féin team also raised a number of ongoing legacy issues. 

“I told the Chief Constable that the continued delays in implementing the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House was undermining public confidence in policing.

“We also called on him to set out as soon as possible how the PSNI will follow up on last week’s decision by the courts that the case of the Hooded Men, tortured by the British Army in 1971, should be investigated by the police.

“I told Simon Byrne that PSNI appeals of court judgements has only served to undermine the PSNI’s impartiality and independence and called on him to end delays in investigating legacy cases.

“We raised a number of other issues with the Chief Constable and agreed to meet again soon to discuss progress.”

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