Where were the police on Friday?

Ken Maginnis has just asked for a public inquiry into how Michael Stone got into Stormont with weapons on the Stephen Nolan Show. He was concerned at the absence of the PSNI on Friday. Westminster, which was mentioned, is heavily policed for the obvious reason that it is a prime terrorist target in a way that Stormont just isn’t – whatever can be said about Friday’s attack. But the Oireachtas is probably a better comparator. It also relies on civilian security staff inside the grounds of Leinster House, but each perimeter entrance is covered by two members of An Garda Síochána. The PSNI weren’t there on Friday, but then again nor have they been for any of the occasions Slugger has attended Stormont’s live sessions. The answer to the question why would certainly be enlightening, were it ever to be heard!

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  • The PSNI don’t routinely protect courts either anymore. All part of the “normalisation process” (i.e. it might annoy Sinn Fein).

  • Fraggle

    How can you claim that Stormont isn’t a prime terrorist target after it was attacked by a terrorist?

  • Mick Fealty

    I didn’t say it wasn’t: clearly it is. It is, as I have noted above, a matter of the degree of threat.

  • abucs

    Perhaps they were busy studying the collusion reports ?

  • againstthehead

    an interesting point might be, if SF hadn;t pushed for the release of terrorists then this nutter would still be behind bars!! sooner or later one of these ex-prisoners is going to kill someone and the responsibity will lie with SF, and the person who did it of course

  • URQUHART

    This is a yarn – all the security people at Stormont are cops. Well, ex-cops, but I subscribe to the ‘once a priest, always a priest’ tradition.

  • belfastwhite

    So an arthritis ridden notorious terrorist armed with pipe bombs, handgun, and a knife can within feet of the assembly after stopping to spray graffiti on the walls first. Time for devolved policing methinks!

  • Truth and Justice

    Ken Magginis is a joke he forgets it was the UUP that support Patton and got rid of the RUC and all the Police officers that were lost as a result, the Police are doing a good job and its was an ex RUC woman security guard that saved Adams and Magginnis on Friday so they owe to her to support the Police!

  • Mickhall

    “its was an ex RUC woman security guard that saved Adams and Magginnis on Friday !

    Posted by Truth and Justice on Nov 27, 2006 @ 01:30 PM”

    Yet again! [sorry, just could not resist it 😉

  • joeCanuck

    Presumably Adams, McGuiness, Paisley, Robinson, Dodds and others carry legal personal firearms.
    Can you imagine the headlines if Stone had got into the chamber?
    “Gunfight at the Stormont Corral?

  • Mick Fealty

    I understand that they have to surrender them into the armoury when they enter the building.

  • Intelligence Insider

    Mick F,

    Just to clarify, MLA’s, PSNI Close Protection Unit Officers and members of the ‘Diplomatic Corps’ do NOT have to submit legally held firearms to the armoury in Parliament Buildings, all others must.

  • Intelligence Insider

    PS

    These are also the only entrants to the building who can bypass security screening.

  • Rubicon

    We may be getting a little sidetracked here.

    I think the decision to remove police from security duties in Parliament Buildings was made by the former Speaker, Lord Alderdice. But – before you all lambaste Alderdice (not something I’d normally discourage) I think it had something to do with the Assembly being suspended and the police presence being laid as a cost against the Assembly.

    I do know that the absence of the PSNI had nothing to do with any SF objection. SF – after the attempt by the police to raid their offices without possessing a search warrant may have had good reason to object to their presence in the Assembly – but – they didn’t.

    It will be interesting to see what emerges from the Assembly’s own inquiry.

    On that matter, the debate this morning referred to MLA’s blocking the evacuation of the building. Could you get a more eloquent statement of selfish disregard for the lives of others? I hope the Assembly’s inquiry takes a close look at this aspect too.

  • Patrique

    The security forces should be worried as to how such a high profile “terrorist” got into Stormont…..without being elected.