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Sinn Féin participate in first public Policing Board meeting

6 June, 2007

Sinn Féin members today took part in their first public meeting of the newly constituted Policing Board. Speaking after the meeting party spokesperson on Policing issues Alex Maskey said that his party was on the Board to ensure real accountability, representativeness and impartiality.

Mr Maskey said:

"We set out in detail last week our objectives in joining the Policing Board. Already we have undertaken a significant amount of preparatory work and are keen to get down to the real business of holding policing to account.

"Today we tabled a number of questions for the PSNI Chief Constable to deal with including the lack of co-operation with inquests into a series of killings in Belfast and Tyrone, the lack of movement towards an unarmed service and the continuing under representation of Catholics in senior positions.

"While public sessions like the one today are important, particularly to allow members of the public to ask questions, much of our work will take place on the committees and progress on that element of the Boards work was made last week.

"Sinn Fein are serious about our commitment to achieving an accountable and acceptable policing service. Today is another step along that road. We want to shape future policing structures to ensure real accountability, representativeness and impartiality. That is our job on the Policing Board." ENDS

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