O’Neill raises legacy issues and loyalist violence with Chief Constable
A Sinn Féin delegation led by Leader in the north Michelle O’Neill raised concerns around the dilution of policing with the community, legacy issues, racist attacks and the need to tackle the upsurge in loyalist violence and intimidation in a meeting with the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton today.
Speaking after today’s meeting Michelle O’Neill said:
“We had a frank discussion and Gerry Kelly MLA and I raised concerns around any dilution of police neighbourhood teams and budgets affecting policing with the community, which has to be at the core of policing.
“We also raised concerns around legacy disclosure with an emphasis on the Arlene Arkinson case, particularly around redactions on material supplied by An Garda Síochána to the coroner’s court in the north.
“We also discussed the upsurge in loyalist paramilitary activity in East Antrim, the involvement of the UVF in forcing Catholic families from their homes in Cantrell Close, and racist attacks in Belfast on people from minority ethnic groups.
“While we agree that recent police activity on loyalist paramilitaries is having a positive impact on life in the community, Sinn Féin argued that there needs to be a sustained policing effort to tackle the scourge of paramilitary intimidation and violence and its effect on public confidence.
“We will continue to meet with the Chief Constable and his senior team in the weeks ahead.”