Sinn Féin welcome positive meeting with Police Ombudsman
A Sinn Féin delegation led by Vice-President Michelle O’Neill MLA and policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly MLA has welcomed a positive meeting with the Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire this morning.
Commenting after the meeting Michelle O’Neill MLA said:
“This morning we had a constructive and positive meeting with the Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire.
“At the meeting we reaffirmed our support for the work of the Office of the Police Ombudsman as a key oversight body for policing.
“In particular, we received an update on progress on releasing outstanding historic investigative reports, in some cases where families have been waiting decades on information pertaining to the deaths of their loved ones.
“We emphasised to Dr Maguire the importance of publishing these key reports as quickly as possible.
“We also raised the issue of the funding for the work of the Police Ombudsman.
“With an outstanding caseload of 400 cases it is imperative that the British Government adequately funds the Office of the Police Ombudsman to facilitate them to complete their outstanding historic caseload in advance of the Historic Investigations Unit (HIU) becoming fully operational.”