Policing drama

Looks like the new straight-talking Chief Constable is earning some new friends in un-expected places, even as the Garda Siochana come under increasing criticism.

Still Sinn Fein are resisting the recent call from Professor Des Rea to join the new regional Partnership Boards, and even producing evidence that police were inactive against Loyalists during attacks on Catholics in East Belfast. Then again it is possible that the Minister for Education could find himself in court facing a civil action brought by the relatives of victims of the Claudy bomb.

Mitchel McLaughlin and several other Republicans received warnings from the PSNI after ‘hitlist’ was discovered in a raid in Derry.

In the meantime the new Police Service’s increasingly notorious lack of manpower has not been aided by the drop in the number of Catholic recruits.