Before I retire to Fermanagh for the rest of the weekend, here’s a snippet sent in by one of our sharp eyed readers. It’s a statement from Deputy Aenghus Ó Snodaigh on the inadequacy of the proposed new Garda Reserve:
“This proposal would not be fair on communities who deserve policing of the highest standard, from a fully trained and professional service. Neither would it be fair on the proposed reserve volunteers themselves who would form part of a parallel police force incapable of ensuring comparable human rights standards in their activities.
Given the party’s description of CRJ as a viable alternative to the PSNI, this reads as an (unintended) criticism of the party’s thus far uncontradicted policy stance on policing north of the border.
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