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`Scaip an CRU' a deir Sinn Féin

Chuir Sinn Féin an éileamh chun an CRU a scaipeadh agus chun seirbhís phóilíneacht phobail a chur ar bun os comhair an phobail ag preas-ócáid i mBéal Feirste ar an 21 Lúnasa.

Ag labhairt ag an preas-ócáid bhí Cathaoirleach an phairtí sna Sé Chontae Gearóid O hEara, Dodie McGuinness ón Ard Chomhairle agus an Comhairleoir Alex Maskey, Comhairle Cathrach Béal Feirste.

An chéad chéim ar aghaidh dar le Sinn Féin ná scaipeadh an CRU féin. Níl aon dóchas ag náisiúnaithe san CRU a dúirt Dodie McGuinness. Bhí an CRU páirteach i maruithe seicteacha, ag comhoibriú le scuainí báis dílseacha. Thug siad eolas do na grúpaí seo agus, i gcásanna áirithe dhírigh siad na grúpaí dílseacha chun náisiúnaithe a mharú.

``Tá an CRU ciontaithe ag eagraíochataí Cearta Daonna idirnáisiúnta'' a dúirt McGuinness. ``Níl ról aige i bpóilíneacht inár dtír sa todhchaí.''

Ní raibh an CRU ina ghnáth-fhórsa phóilíneachta ón uair a bhunaíodh é.

``Ba chóir do sheirbhís ceart a bheith freagrach don phobal ar fad. Is fórsa aontachtash é an CRU do stát aontachtach'' arsa McGuinness.

Dúirt urlabhraithe Sinn Féin go mbeidh scaipeadh an CRE mar príóreacht sna cainteann uile-pháirtí ag tosú ar 15 Meán Fomhair. Tá Sinn Féin ag éileamh: go ndéantar an CRU a dhí-armáil láithreach go dtí go scaiptear iad ar bhonn rialta agus aontaithe; go n-aistarraingeofar an CRU ó cheantair náisiúnacha líthreach. Tá an páirtí ag éileamh chomh maith go gcuirfear ar ceal athdheisiú na mbeairicí CRU agus go nathdhíreoafar an airgead chun obair i measc an phobail i gcúrsaí oideachais, sláinte, agus oideachas. .

`Scrap the RUC' says Sinn Féin


Sinn Féin has demanded the RUC be disbanded and a Community Policing Service drawn from all sections of society be established in its place.

Speaking at a Sinn Féin press conference in Belfast on Thursday 21 August, Ard Comhairle members Dodie McGuinness and Councillor. Alex Maskey and Party Chair Gearoid O'hEara outlined party proposals on future policing, beginning with the need for RUC disbandment.

McGuinness said that RUC involvement with loyalist death squads, including responsibility for sectarian and political murders, and supplying and directing these same death squads meant the RUC had no credibility with northern nationalists.

``It has been indicted by all the leading Human Rights bodies in the world,'' she said. ``It has no role to play in the future policing of our comunity, and should be disbanded.''

McGuinness pointed out the critieria for normal policing had not been met by the RUC since its inception.

``To fulfill the functions of a normal policing service, it should be accountable to the whole community. The RUC does not do this. It is a unionist force policing a unionist state for unionists.''

It was stressed that RUC disbandment will be a priority at the September all-party talks, and that an independent body be established to monitor this and the creation of a new service acceptable and accountable to the whole community.

Ahead of this the Sinn Féin team demanded the RUC be withdrawn immediately from nationalist areas, arguing that high profile patrolling of nationalist areas was incompatible with the peace process. It also called for refurbishment programmes for barracks to be redirected into community, health and education projects.

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