[Sinn Fein]

9 January 2001

Dublin City Council calls for full implementation of Patten

Dublin City Council has unanimously called for the full implementation of the Patten recommendations on policing in the Six Counties.

At their monthly meeting on Monday night, Dublin City councillors backed a Sinn Fein motion stating that the Patten recommendations ``form a package which needs to be implemented comprehensively and that there should be no cherry-picking from the report''.

Dublin City Council joins a dozen other local authorities, including South Dublin County Council and Cork Corporation, who have called for the full implementation of Patten.  Sinn Fein Cllr Nicky Kehoe said:

``The cross-party support for the full implementation of Patten shows how widespread concern is over policing in the Six Counties.

``Policing is a fundamental issue affecting every people throughout Ireland.  To have a lasting peace settlement it has to be sorted out.

``Sinn Fein, the SDLP, the Catholic Church and the Irish Government have, from their separate positions, come to the same conclusion - that Peter Mandelson's Police Act is not the implementation of Patten.  It is far better to keep the British Government at the drawing board until they get policing right rather than go for something that would perpetuate the disaster of the RUC, possibly under another name.''  

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