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5 January 2006 Edition

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Adams Challenges Reiss on policing

Mitchel Reiss

Mitchel Reiss

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams responded this week to criticism by US Special Envoy to the Six Counties Mitchell Reiss of Sinn Féin's position on policing. Adams said that the attack was "unhelpful and partisan". He added that despite claims by Reiss: "There is no 'rampant crime' in nationalist or republican communities. On the contrary the nationalist and republican people are good, decent people who despite not having had a proper police service have remained law abiding," said Adams.

He added that republicans and nationalists, would not be badgered or forced into accepting less than the new beginning to policing promised in the Good Friday Agreement."

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