The Irish News points out an important anomaly in the public perception over whether ex-prisoners should be allowed to take their places on the new police partnership boards:
“While this background may be generally associated with Sinn Féin, it is worth pointing out that it is a provision which has also been utilised by the DUP. Indeed, one former loyalist prisoner has also been endorsed as a DUP candidate in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections scheduled for next year. Former prisoners are fully capable of making a significant contribution to society, although they must at all stages give careful consideration to the feelings of other sections of the community.”
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