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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