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Policing establishment have failed to hide political policing

23 December, 2005

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty today said that despite the best efforts of those within the policing establishment to divert attention away from the reality that elements within the British system collapsed the democratic institutions as each day passes a little more light is shone upon the political detectives in the PSNI.

Mr Doherty said:

"Since the irrefutable evidence emerged that Denis Donaldson was at the heart of an operation designed, controlled and managed by elements within the British system hostile to the peace process, to collapse the political institutions, those within the policing establishment have desperately been trying to divert attention away from this reality.

"From Peter Hain, to Hugh Orde, through the SDLP and the Policing Board all have tried to throw up distractions and diversions aimed at concealing the reality of political policing in the north and the role of the securocrats in collapsing the democratically elected institutions.

"This effort has failed. People throughout this island and beyond are now talking about political policing and the dangers it poses to the peace process and the task of rebuilding the political process early in the New Year. Instead of trying to defend the indefensible it would suit the policing establishment better if they got their house in order. They now have a big job of work to try and convince nationalists and republicans that they are capable of operating in an accountable and acceptable fashion.

"The PSNI Special Branch have been caught out. The revelations of the past week have validated absolutely the Sinn Féin position on policing and proved beyond any doubt the negative role being played by elements of the RUC old guard within the PSNI in directing and formulating policy and direction" ENDS

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