[Sinn Fein]

4 October 1998

Angry reaction to RUC role in Policing Commission

``Sinn Fein spokesperson on Policing and Justice, Bairbre de Brun has reacted angrily to the news that an RUC inspector is serving on the secretariat of the `Independent' Commission on Policing which was set up as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

Ms de Brun said:

``We are particularly concerned at the apparently contradictory versions of the RUC Inspector's role coming from Ronnie Flanagan and the Commission itself. This begs the question of what precisely this man is doing there?

``Sinn Fein will be raising the question with the Commission and with the two governments at the earliest opportunity.

``The RUC should have no role in what is supposed to be a totally independent commission. This man should be removed immediately.''

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