As John Laird prepares to take his private members bill (PDF) to remove the requirement for the PSNI to keep to its 50/50 recruitment rule through the Lords for its second reading today, there is a bit of a shake up after the news broke that the Gardai had taken a recruitment stand in Northern Ireland, which the Ulster Unionists argue means both forces are fishing in a limited pool of recruits amongst NI Catholics.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty
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