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Des Rea election sends out clear message to Nationalists

6 April, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly today said that the election of Des Rea as Policing Board Chairperson for another term demonstrated to nationalists once again that many within political unionism have failed to grasp the concept of power sharing.

Mr Kelly said:

"Aside from our well documented objections to the current policing structures today's election of Des Rea for another term as Policing Board Chair sends a very clear political message to nationalists.

"On a variety of local councils and other bodies, unionists when they find themselves in a majority, fail time and again to share power.

"Today those UUP and DUP members of the Policing Board sent out a very clear message at this delicate time in the peace process that they seem incapable of embracing concepts of equality, respect and power sharing." ENDS

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