[Sinn Fein]

21st June 1999

Flanagan should be dismissed immediately

Sinn Fein Assembly Member for Upper Bann, Dr. Dara O'Hagan commenting on tonight's Panorama prramme said the evidence provided by the producers was a `damning indictment of the RUC and of Ronnie Flanagan as its Chief Constable.''

Dr. O'Hagan said:

``The evidence prduced by the Panorama programme is a daming incictment of both the RUC and Ronnie Flanagan. In any democratic society the immediate effect of such revelations would be instantaneous dismissal of Ronnie Flanagan and the complete disbandment of the RUC in the shortest possible timeframe.

``The prramme did not show anything that nationalists and republicans were not already aware of, but it was a powerful insight for those peole in Britain and elsewhere who have been fed on an unbalanced political diet for too long.

``On top of all the other evidence available to it this programme should show the Patten Commission that there is only one course of actions for it to recomend - total disbandment of this discredited sectarian force.''

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