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Sinn Féin will ask the difficult questions on the Policing Board

22 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Policing Board member, North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay has said that Sinn Féin on the Policing Board will ensure full accountability of the PSNI.

Mr McKay said:

"Sinn Féin brought the policing issue into the political negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement. It has been part of every set of political talks since.

"The Policing Board is charged with holding the PSNI to account. Our presence on the Board will be the guarantee that this happens. This is a key area of work for Sinn Féin.

"It is not the job Sinn Féin members on the Policing Board to act as cheerleaders for the PSNI or rubber stamp PSNI policy and actions.

"Sinn Féin will provide the voice for communities who have in the past experienced only bad policing. We want to play a constructive role on the Board but we will not shy away from challenging, or criticising, or questioning policing decisions and policy when the need arises.

"Sinn Féin will ask the awkward questions and demand that we get straight answers.

"The prize of a truly accountable and representative policing service which serves the entire community is achievable and I believe that our contribution on the Policing Board will be key to achieving this goal." ENDS

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