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14 December 2006 Edition

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Sinn Féin delegation meets Orde

Sinn Féin delegation led by party President Gerry Adams and including Assembly members Gerry Kelly, Caitriona Ruane and Michelle Gildernew met on Wednesday morning with the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde in Stormont.
Speaking after the meeting Gerry Adams said: “This morning’s meeting is about Sinn Féin intensifying our efforts to get policing right. That is about making sure the PSNI is held fully to account. It is our responsibility as public representatives to ensure that there are effective measures in place to catch and convict sex offenders, those who prey on the elderly, drug dealers and other gangs involved in criminality.
“It is also our responsibility to ensure an end to political policing, an end to collusion, to get MI5 out of civic policing and to see an end to plastic bullets and any other form of oppressive policing which has been the experience of citizens here.
“So what we need is a police service, not a police force. We need all-Ireland arrangements, we need common sense, practical, transparent mechanisms of policing which ensure that the type of abuses people experienced here never happen again.
“And for those families who are victims of bad policing we need truth and we need closure. At the meeting today, which was a frank meeting, we raised all of these issues.
“It is our firm view that citizens need and have the right to transparent, accountable civic policing. The Good Friday Agreement promised a new beginning to policing and today’s meeting is part of our effort to achieve that.”



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