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Sinn Féin slams comments from Hugh Orde

14 March, 2004

Sinn Fein MLA for north Belfast and spokesperson on Policing and Justice Gerry Kelly has slammed today's comments from the Chief Constable Hugh Orde regarding the possibility of a tense and difficult marching season.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde is increasing acting in a highly political manner and his comments today are indicative of this.

"In the past number of years in was the former Assistant Chief Constable, Alan McQuillan, who actively sought to raise tensions and exploit Orange marches for political gain instead of addressing the issues of loyalist attacks and the hemming in of nationalist communities that have surrounded the marching season.

"In the current political vacuum Hugh Orde's comments could be seen as raising tensions before what is already an extremely tense time of year. Hugh Orde's comments will in no way make the tireless work, that has been going on to ensure that we achieve a quite summer, any easier." ENDS

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