Given the title of Father Sean McManus’s last blog entry, he seems to have moderated in his latest stance on the PSNI, in the wake of his visit to Garnerville Police Training Centre. This passage particularly represents a remarkable shift in McManus’s attitude:
I was impressed by their openness, professionalism and their evident concern to convey their commitment to a “new beginning” to policing in Northern Ireland. They struck me as fine, decent men. I found myself, I must confess, wanting to believe that they accurately and authentically reflect the new approach to policing — both institutionally and individually.
Serious question: is this an indication of similiar shifts within the wider Republican movement?
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