[Sinn Fein]

30 August 1996

Sinn Fein dismiss appointment of Flanagan

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has ``dismissed as irrelevant'' to the crisis over policing the appointment of Ronnie Flanagan as RUC Boss. Mr Flanagan has been in the leadership of the RUC during the worst excesses of that force, including the decision to force the Orangemen through the Garvaghy Road and the curfew of the people of the Lower Ormeau Road.

Mr Adams said:

``The behaviour of the RUC on the Garvaghy Road, and its partisan behaviour during the summer, have reinforced the widespread view among nationalists that the force has no future and must be disbanded. There can be no halfway house.

``Policing is a critical issue which needs to be urgently resolved. We need a police service which enjoys the confidence and support of all sections of our people. The RUC, nor the RUC Authority, can achieve that.''

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