The problem with the cops…

Suzanne Breen uncovers some of the strong feelings remaining in some segments of Northern Ireland’s nationalist community. It would seem that for some the consent principle applies to all aspects of state administration, except that of security. One respondent, Martin O’Neill, argues that the point is not that Catholics are now joining the PSNI, so much as what it stands for:

“I’m not saying there are no good people in the PSNI. But what they are like personally is irrelevant. I’m a republican and they’re enforcing British rule in Ireland. It’s irrelevant if more Catholics join. I don’t want to be policed by a Protestant British police officer or a Catholic British police officer.”

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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