SDLP call on Flanagan to quit HMIC

Mark Durkan has called on Sir Ronnie Flanagan to quit as the head of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. He said:

“Either he was not in control of a dysfunctional organisation, or he knew full well but kept the truth hidden. In either event, he should not head up the Inspectorate of Constabulary.”

UPDATE Sir Ronnie Flanagan’s response here (Hat tip bemused).

  • Henry94

    Irrefutable. He has to go.

  • Crataegus

    Of course he has to go. Why are Unionists not making the same demands? This should be a cross party matter. We need to show collective determination to resolve the issues surrounding policing etc.

  • Bono

    If he’d a shred of decency he’d KNOW he has to go.

    FD, does you pic show Flanagan being aware that the game’s up and offering his wrists for cuffing? :0)

  • Bemused

    I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who thinks he SHOULDN’T go (with the obvious exception of the mentally ill – Jimmy Spratt, Ken Maginnis et al.). This really is a no-brainer. The man shouldn’t be in charge of himself never mind the HMIC.

  • Billy

    Henry94

    Absolutely spot on.

    I am sorry to say that the majority (if not all) of the Special Branch people involved will probably evade prosecution as they have covered their tracks by destroying evidence.

    However, Flanagan was the head of SB before rising to be Chief Constable. ALL right thinking people must demand his removal. Only by doing this can the UK govt convince people like I (who support the Sinn Fein position on policing) that we are right.

    If they don’t, then it simply gives the impression that nothing has changed and that partisan policing in the North will continue and be “glossed over”. In short, failure to remove Flanagan will undo a lot of the good work of Patten.

    If he is removed, this will send a message that the old RUC has gone and such activities will NEVER be allowed again.

    Nulala O’Loan also mentioned that a (admittedly very small number) of STILL SERVING PSNI officers had obstructed or not co-operated with her inquiry.

    I think that Hugh Orde is a genuine bloke. However, he has the names of the officers involved. If he wants to gain and keep nationalist confidence in the PSNI, these guys must be kicked out and evidence presented to prove that they have.

  • Yokel

    Whether he should go is irrelevant, whether he will is what matters.

    There are a couple of scenarios:

    -Theres an agreement that Ronnie will end his term sooner rather than later, with a due amount of time between the demands and his departing whilst things die down but an understanding given to politicians that thats the real reason why he is going.

    -Ronnie is a serious part of the establishment, the British government will sit tight, he did their bidding and they won’t hang him out publically to dry. Given the responses of Tony & Hain which ran along thelines of ‘terrible, wrong and won’t happen again…now what are we having for lunch?’ that seems to be the current plan.

    If you think O’Loan has the governments backing you must be kidding. She’s a pain in their arse.

  • URQUHART

    Excellent work Durkan.

  • john mcilveen

    URQUHART
    “Excellent work Durkan”??

    Durkan has a big cheek URQUHART. I totally agree with this statement from former Belfast Mayor, SF’s Alex Maskey, please read:
    http://www.sinnfein.ie/news/detail/17511

    John

  • GrassyNoel

    Does anyone remember Flanagan saying in response to questions about Policing around 5 years ago that if a report into Policing in NI found hime to be heading up a corrupt police force that engaged in collusion with paramiliaries that, not only would he resign, but – and I quote, “I would publicly commit suicide”?

    Can anyone recall that quote and its exact context?

  • miss fitz

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/1707299.stm

    This is the link to the I will commit suicide remark, and its Omagh bomb context. Sorry cant do more, up the eyes at the moment, but this will take you to where you want to go

  • George

    Grassynoel,

    “If that was a conclusion reached as a result of a rigorous, fair investigation I would not only resign, I would publicly commit suicide.”

    Ronnie Flanagan, on the North’s Police Ombudsman’s report claiming the RUC had bungled its investigation into the Omagh bombing.

  • Ingram

    Henry,

    Once more I join you in your remarks.

    Ingram

  • firbolg

    FD
    Sorry to deviate from the core of this thread In relation to the the McCartney murder you wrote:

    ..the failure of a witness to come forward is the failure of that witness not the victim’s family. Those who removed/destroyed evidence attacked the investigating officers and initimidated the family and witnesses have a share of blame too and politicians who gave political cover before media pressure made them backtrack have a share too.’
    Posted by fair_deal on Jan 31, 2006 @ 06:34 PM

    Do you extend this condemnation to the policemen who refused to cooperate with the Ombudsman’s investigation, destroyed evidence or like Ronnie can’t remember’ and the various unionist politicians who have provided political cover for Special Branch murderers? Two very different cases in many respects but some interesting pararlells

    Firbolg

  • Bemused

    Public suicide, eh?

    Rather than the usual selection of Z-list morons wheeled out to turn on the Christmas lights in Belfast by the Council every year, how’s about Ronnie on a stage sticking his finger into the mains while strapped on to a light-bedecked Norwegian Pine – I’d pay good money to see that rather than Atomic Kitten/Callum Best/Eamonn Holmes etc. etc. ad nauseum..

  • heck

    this bastard should get the same justice as Saddam.

    What he was responsible for is no different than the hundred odd murders that Saddam was hung for.

    Billy, how can SF endorse the police when officers involed in this sort of activity are still employed? The police boards will not have the power to reach into the PSNI/UVF and root them out. How are they going to uncover the offices who colluded in Armagh/down/antrim/tyrone?

    SF should not endorse the PSNI/UVF until THE POLICE have domonstrated they have changed/

  • heck

    From the Belfast Bellylaugh

    “the UK-wide policing body headed by Sir Ronnie is to conduct a key review of the PSNI’s running of informers in the wake of the O’Loan investigation”

    kinda says it all does’nt it?

  • Bemused

    http://u.tv/newsroom/indepth.asp?id=79503&pt=n

    now issues a Jade Goody-style – “It wasn’t me, honest, I’m one of the good guys” blurb.

  • Henry94

    Flanagan states the following

    “With respect to the specific matters dealt with in the Ombudsman`s report, at no time did I have any knowledge, or evidence, of officers at any level behaving in the ways that have been described.

    “I would find such conduct to be abhorrent, and if such behaviour took place my hope would be that it would be the subject of criminal or disciplinary proceedings.

    Mark Durkan’s point stands.

    “Either he was not in control of a dysfunctional organisation, or he knew full well but kept the truth hidden. In either event, he should not head up the Inspectorate of Constabulary.”

  • joeCanuck

    Everyone is forgetting that Jimmy Spratt gave him a “get out of jail free card” yesterday by pointing out that this investiagtion was totally flawed and that it is the Ombudsman who is guilty.

  • GrassyNoel

    So let me get this straight..he promised to publicly commit suicide if the police force of which he was the head was found to have bungled an investigation into a paramilitary atrocity, i.e. incompetence.

    I guess the question then is, what will he do now that he has been found to have been the head of a nakedly sectarian police force which, passively AND actively, aided and abbetted paramilitaries to commit acts of murder?

  • The Dubliner

    The Ombudsman, Nual O’Loan, effectively sealed Ronnie Flanagan’s fate in her recommendation to the Chief Constable of the PNSI:
    34.19 In light of the forthcoming transfer of National Security matters to the Security Service MI5, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary should conduct a thematic inspection of the new PSNI processes for informant handling, controlling and management, with a view, particularly, to identifying any legislative or administrative changes which may be required to enable the effective handling and management of Covert Human Intelligence Sources within terrorist networks.

    Reply by the Chief Constable of the PNSI, Hugh Orde:
    This recommendation is accepted by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.

    As Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary is Ronnie Flanagan, who was also head of the RUC’s Special Branch from 1994 to 1996, and Chief Constable of the RUC/PNSI from 1996 to 2002, he will have to resign in-order to avoid a conflict of interest situation when his office undertakes the review in the recommendation it accepted.

    On a side note, UK murder law needs to be tightened up on the aspect of act or omission to ensure that those with a duty to know can’t use plausible deniability as a defence. Omission means that if you know a murder will occur but do nothing to prevent it, then you are deemed guilty. It’s clear from the Ombudsman’s report that Flanagan knew that murder was being committed by those whose duty it was to uphold the law and prevent it, and that he put deliberately defective monitoring controls in place in-order to allow those murders to occur while allowing senior management to maintain a defence of ignorance in the event of criminal investigation.

  • fair_deal

    firbolg

    I believe the SB officers should have co-operated and I disagree with the public line taken by Unionist representatives. I am writing a piece for slugger about the O’Loan report in which I will expand on this (should be ready by the week-end).

  • DMCM

    Good work DURKAN, is right. In response to John McIllveen’s comments above…Remember – there wouldnt have been this report yesterday if the SDLP didnt put their necks out and endorse these changes. Tell me, if the SDLP waited until now to endorse the changes in policing – do you think that the report would have been published yesterday? I dont think so.
    Spin all you want but the SDLP made the most courageous decision back then which has led to these reports. What have Sinn Fein done to create changes to policing so far – the real answer is nothing. I am happy they are changing their viewpoint on this but dont for a second fail to recognize that the SDLP made a brave choice back then.

  • Let’s not forget that when Sinn Féin first raised the issue of Collusion the SDLP called it “Republican propaganda”

    That is the reality of the situtation.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Dubliner: “It’s clear from the Ombudsman’s report that Flanagan knew that murder was being committed by those whose duty it was to uphold the law and prevent it, and that he put deliberately defective monitoring controls in place in-order to allow those murders to occur while allowing senior management to maintain a defence of ignorance in the event of criminal investigation. ”

    Which is the line that Flanagan has taken, with a Sgt. Schultz-esque “I knew nothing” defense. Then again, this level of ignorance is tantamount to dereliction of duty and/or incompetence. As such, its not that much of a defense.

  • heck

    fair deal

    I hate to say it but the irish government is not much better

    http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0123/breaking48.htm

  • John McIlveen

    DMCM

    The reality is that SF stood alone for 20+ years in telling everybody that the RUC / PSNI was involved in Collusion and the SDLP in all of those 20+ years dismissed those claims, encouraged nationalists to support and join the RUC / PSNI and Special Branch AND told us that Ronnie Flanaghan was a good guy and one who you could deal with.

    It’s absolutely amazing that the same party is now coming out and saying this report is a “we told you so” for them and calling for ronnie’s scalp.

    Big loss of memory me thinks!

  • John McIlveen

    By the way, i see that Martin McGuiness doesn’t want him to resign, he wants him sacked.

    Surely that’s a more effective way of getting down to the nitty gritty of what he was at all that time?

    Resigning would be the easy way out for me!

  • Dr Sunggles

    “Rather than the usual selection of Z-list morons wheeled out to turn on the Christmas lights in Belfast by the Council every year, how’s about Ronnie on a stage sticking his finger into the mains while strapped on to a light-bedecked Norwegian Pine – I’d pay good money to see that”

    Wonderful – while you’re at it, let’s publicly burn Jade Goody and hunt a few witches. Even Ronnie Flanagan has friends and family who would be, no doubt, offended by your glib, tasteless and crass attempt at what I assume is supposed to be humour.

    I’m frankly surprised that such a comment hasn’t been removed on the grounds of pretty much any of the posting rules for this site, but there you go.

    For the record, Flanagan quickly apologised for the remark, saying (source – The Observer):

    “I apologise because it was an emotive statement that I wish I hadn’t made. There is nothing more precious than life.”

    Not that I would wish to spoil your little feeding frenzy, of course. Do continue..

  • lib2016

    Flanagan has at the very least been found guilty in an official report of presiding over a police Special Branch elements of which were actively involved in murder.

    I think that the old saying about ‘sticks and stones’ applies here. After all the lies and hypocrisy it’s hard to be restrained.

  • Dr Snuggles

    “Flanagan has at the very least been found guilty in an official report of presiding over a police Special Branch elements of which were actively involved in murder”

    My point, which you have ignored, is that the comment I cited crossed the line.

    By the way, an “official report” can’t find anyone guilty of anything – you’re thinking of courts.

    Moreover, it might do to actually read the report before posting your legal judgement – I have, and Ronnie Flanagan is not even mentioned in it.

    I’m sure you could be a wee bit more restrained if you really tried.

  • The Devil

    The above photograph shows Ronnie Flannigan showing the size of the fish that got away, he was fishing for Haddock at the time.

  • jone

    I hear Flanagan may give an interview to the BBC’s Spotlight tonight.

  • Tkmaxx

    Sinn Fein has no locus on this issue. Mallon raised the issue of collusion when senior republicans were clearly ‘colluding’ with the RUC. There were and are questions to be asked and people should be held accountable for their actions but what goes around comes around for those in the senior eschelons of provisional movement who were in the pay of special branch-when the dirty laundry is sent to the wash it will all come out. Fair play to Mark – remember SF saying the office of the ombudsman was useless – funny how it comes in useful. Fair play to Mr Mc Cord for his tenacity. All victims deserve a similiar commitment.

  • Bemused

    Ah yes – head of all police and pillar of the establishment is proven (to the satisfaction of all sane people) to have presided over an outrageous spree of state-sponsored civilian murder and yet poking fun at him somehow renders me ‘glib, tasteless and crass’.

    Glib? Fine.
    Tasteless? Depends on your taste.
    Crass? Hello pot – you’re looking rather dark today.

    P.S. Christ – I’m sure it’s a barrel of laughs over at your house of an evening…

  • Bemused

    “I believe the SB officers should have co-operated and I disagree with the public line taken by Unionist representatives. I am writing a piece for slugger about the O’Loan report in which I will expand on this (should be ready by the week-end).”

    Posted by fair_deal on Jan 23, 2007 @ 03:05 PM

    Excellent news Fair Deal – look forward to it with interest.

    Is it just me or does anyone else get a sense that mainstream Unionist politicians really have misjudged the mood of their own people on this one? Raymond McCord (who let’s face it, is no Cicero and has all manner of ‘issues’) was fairly impressive on Radio Ulster this evening with Mark Carruthers. He was utterly and compellingly contemptuous of Fred Cobain and Ian Paisley Junior. Cobain, to be fair, was predictably preposterous but muted in his comments. Paisley by contrast was just outrageous, claiming (amongst other bare-faced lies) that the PONI report was an attempt to re-write the history of the RUC and the North to suit those of with a Nationalist/Republican agenda. The two shibboleths that these sorts of buffoons seem to trot out are –

    1. “If there was any evidence in this report then there would have been prosecutions”. There is no evidence to the criminal standard of proof because same has been wilfully destroyed by the scum who sought at every turn to frustrate, obfuscate and pervert the course of the enquiry. How do we know this? Because the litany of police witnesses who DID co-operate with PONI have told us so. Presumably these co-operative officers (most of whom given the historical demographic of the RUC/PSNI are protestant/unionists) are part of the Nationalist/Republican conspiracy proffered by Paisley and other pea-brains?

    2. “Few bad apples/blown out of proportion/blah, blah blah.”

    Presumably then Hugh Orde, Tony Blair, Peter Hain et al should resign forthwith? They don’t consider the recent ‘revelations’ to be anything other than outrageous, unspeakable and damning in the extreme and so are plainly (by the standards of rationality applicable to your average unionist politico) off their rockers.

    Anyway – enough of my ranting – keep up the good work FD.

    P.S. Tickets for this Christmas’s ‘Flanagan Fry-Fest’ at City Hall will be going on sale shortly. Stephen Nolan will be compering and – who knows – we might get some haddock in the fryer as well….

  • Dr Snuggles

    “Ah yes – head of all police and pillar of the establishment is proven (to the satisfaction of all sane people) to have presided over an outrageous spree of state-sponsored civilian murder and yet poking fun at him somehow renders me ‘glib, tasteless and crass’.”

    Ronnie Flanagan’s name does not even appear in the PONI report. No allegations have been made against him, never mind criminal charges, and somehow that’s proof to the satisfaction of all sane people? Proof is a concept that you are perhaps unfamiliar with – my little niece has an illustrated ‘Mr First Dictionary’ that I could lend you if you like.

    “Poking fun” usually involves a bit of teasing, not gleeful and vapid hand-rubbing at the thought of a public suicide. Glib, tasteless, crass, and you can add vacuous, obtuse and ignorant.

    It’s very enlightening that so many people who are calling for Flanagan’s head on a plate are the very same people who would dearly love to see a man like Gerry Kelly (actually convicted and jailed – with proof) as Justice Minister. That’s the wonder of witch hunts – the hunters are always unimpeachable.

    PS It’s great fun round my gaff. When we’re not having a good belly laugh at the thought of electrocutions, we occasionally engage in intelligent and informed humour.

    “Anyway – enough of my ranting”

    Would that it were so.

  • The Devil

    Dr Snuggles,

    Firstly it is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that while the passing of a human life is saddening the living organisms that held sway over the mass murders of the very people they were paid to protect forfeited the right to be described as human as consequences of their actions.

    Secondly I have no doubt that you would have had no problem with the shoot to kill strategy which saw people killed without proof

    Thirdly Flannagan offered to commit suicide, we only wanted to watch.

    Lastly Bemused was right your house sounds as welcoming as a feminist meeting in Khandahar during Ramadan, you really want to try some of Ronnies whitewash because you seriously need to lighten up.

  • Dr Snuggles

    “Firstly it is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that while the passing of a human life is saddening the living organisms that held sway over the mass murders of the very people they were paid to protect forfeited the right to be described as human as consequences of their actions.”

    About as clear as your sentence construction. Very earnest for someone who wants me to lighten up.

    “Secondly I have no doubt that you would have had no problem with the shoot to kill strategy which saw people killed without proof”

    More light-hearted humour?

    How very and predictably wrong you are. I condemn collusion, shoot-to-kill, and police malfeasance just as I condemn shooting policemen in the back while they are on the beat, mass destruction, forcing a man to drive a 500lb bomb into an Army base while holding his wife hostage, executing people and dumping their bodies, stealing £26.5 million etc.

    “Thirdly Flannagan offered to commit suicide, we only wanted to watch.”

    Ah there it is – that lighthearted humour. Nice one, devil. You’re well funny.

    “Lastly Bemused was right your house sounds as welcoming as a feminist meeting in Khandahar during Ramadan”

    Great gag, if you had said as welcome as a feminist meeting in Kandahar during Ramadan. But then it wouldn’t have fit your “house” joke. Oh well, never mind. Just Google your jokes more carefully next time.

    For the record, I am well lightened up – your post did the trick.

    Also for the record, I am one of the very few people born in Northern Ireland into a non-Christian religion. I am also gay and live happily with my partner (as anyone who has read my posts on gay rights threads will know). I believe that has made me rather less biased and jaded than most, especially most people who post on this website.

    I simply think that very personal “jokes” about suicide are in very poor taste, and that such attempts at humour betray a hugely partisan vitriol which is never replicated by the same posters when it comes to “their side”.

    I prefer not to make jokes about dead RUC men or dead republicans, loyalists, innocent bystanders, and so on. It’s easier that way.

    PS My sense of humour is fine and my home is always welcoming (as long as you like Kylie and latkes).

  • The Devil

    Hey Snuggles,

    No harm meant to your relationship mate but you need to ditch him cos’ he obviously going way too deep man, and it’s showing in your posts

  • Bemused

    “Ronnie Flanagan’s name does not even appear in the PONI report. No allegations have been made against him, never mind criminal charges, and somehow that’s proof to the satisfaction of all sane people?”

    No serving or retired police officer’s name appears in the body of the report. That said (and I’ll take this as slowly as I can here) –

    1. The report concludes that RUC/S.B. was colluding in the murder of civilians on an all-embracing scale with the Mount Vernon U.V.F. during a period of time in which Flanagan was (a) head of S.B. and subsequently (b) head of the R.U.C.

    2. Given those findings how can there be any doubt in any sane perons mind that Flanagan presided over a spree of state-sponsored murder?

    3. “No allegations have been made against him….” Well o.k. then – I’M making an allegation against him now. So there. He presided over a spree of state-sponsored murder.

    “It’s very enlightening that so many people who are calling for Flanagan’s head on a plate are the very same people who would dearly love to see a man like Gerry Kelly (actually convicted and jailed – with proof) as Justice Minister. That’s the wonder of witch hunts – the hunters are always unimpeachable.”

    I sincerely hope that you’re not suggesting that I’m one of those persons clamouring for Gerry Kelly’s appointment as Justice Minister. After all any such knee-jerk assumption that because I revile Flanagan and his fellow murderers in the RUC/SB that I must be a Shinner would only be disclosing you’re own inherent, hopeless sectarianism…..

    N

  • Donnacha

    Regardless of whether Ronnie was named or not in O’Loan’s report, the fact that he was in charge and the stopping point for any peripatetic bucks at the time means he was either deficient management-wise or knew about it. Either way, he has to go. And I wonder how long it will be before some deserving, half-starved lawyers see financial nirvana ahead by challenging the legality of convictions obtained via anything even remotely connected with the colluding officers?

  • The Devil

    Well Snuggles I hope your happy with yourself, the metallic banging you just heard was Bemused cage getting rattled….. that’s it he’s off on a tizzy for sure, it’ll take a week to calm him down, well maybe two days and a public hanging… but that’s besides the point, you did it and there are witnesses!!!!!!!

    Shame on you

  • heck

    Me thinks that a lot of unionists should have attended the recent holocaust deniers’ convention in Iran. They would have felt at home.

  • DMCM

    JohnMcIllveen and Chris Gaskin,

    I challenge you to find one piece of quote or evidence stating that the SDLP dismissed collusion.
    I look forward to your response.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “Of course he has to go. Why are Unionists not making the same demands?”

    well this Unionist is. His desperate attempts at spin last night even allowed cuddly teddy bear Carruthers to give him a mauling. Flanagan is exposed as a snakeoil salesman whose product has been discredited.

    And as for Ken Maginnis – I genuinely think he is no longer capable of political debate (OK OK, perhaps the jury was always out). On Nolan and Spotlight he displayed all the nimblewitted quick thinking of a constipated dinosaur. It’s an indictment of the UUP that they still put him up as a spokesman. When Nuala O’Loan can even smile pityingly at the inept level of debate deployed by Ken surely Reg should be telling him that only Rocky Balboa still cuts it after thirty years in the ring

  • Dr Snuggles

    Devil:“No harm meant to your relationship mate but you need to ditch him cos’ he obviously going way too deep man”

    Some good old fashioned homophobia – how lovely. Next it’ll be “two pakis and a queer walk into a bar”.

    Bemused:“After all any such knee-jerk assumption that because I revile Flanagan and his fellow murderers in the RUC/SB that I must be a Shinner would only be disclosing you’re [sic] own inherent, hopeless sectarianism”

    Oh please. I did not accuse you of anything or make any assumptions about your opinion. Read my posts.

    I have clearly outlined why I am not sectarian in my last post. I’m in the happy postition of being despised by people from both major communities because of my non-standard religion and sexual orientation (see devil’s post above). My forebears fled oppression in pre-War eastern Europe and not very many of the men of my family survived. I know all about the state-sponsored murder of civilians so please shove your pathetic, petty little sixth-form-debating-society jibes up your arse.

    Conversely, your sectarianism is as stark as one’s imagine can handle, as a click here will confirm.

    I have not once denied collusion or attempted to justify it. My original post was simply pointing out the vapid and crass idiocy of your squalid little “gag”. You have singularly and entirely have failed to justify that.

  • Percival

    I think Darth is right. Flanagan was all over the place last night and Ken Maginness was just AWFUL. Nuala O’Loan, cleaned the floor with him. As a Unionist, I have no problem whatsoever criticising the police when they behave wrongly and I personally never understood why this obsession exists amongst Uniionist politicians for making excuses for the police when they get things wrong.

    Ronnie Flanagan was someone I had a great degree of respect for, but the truth of the matter is that he cannot possibly attempt to brazen this one out. He should go right away.

    PS. I thought it was interesting that Flanagan was interviewed seperatly from the other 3, presumably he didn’t want to be facing direct comments from O’Loan.

  • DMCM

    Hmmm…….still no response from John McIIveen and Chris Gaskin….wonder why?????
    Are your search engines not working well today??
    Again, where did the SDLP refute collusion? Evidence please?

  • DMCM

    Chris Gaskin and John McILLveen……………………………………………………………………still waiting

  • DMCM

    YAWN………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..still waiting

  • Sean Marlow

    Mark Durkan has called on Sir Ronnie Flanagan to quit as the head of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. He said:

    “Either he was not in control of a dysfunctional organisation, or he knew full well but kept the truth hidden. In either event, he should not head up the Inspectorate of Constabulary.”

    [the same could be said of Durkan when he supported Flanagan as 1st CC of PSNI in 2001; he either knew of Flanagan’s role as head of SB in which collusion was rife, or he should have known as the relatives of many victims, including Raymon McCord, had been trying to expose collusion for years. But then, as now, the SDLP was more interested in attacking SF and dismissing allegations of collusion as republican propaganda.]