“They put the protection of the killers above the attainment of justice..”

The Irish Times picks up on comments from PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde in the Guardian on briefing US politicians on policing – their involvement here having been noted previously.

In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Hugh Orde described how a key part of the power-sharing strategy has been to persuade senior politicians in the United States that policing was being conducted in a fair and even-handed way.

“The work we did in the States for the past six years has been unravelling 35 years of a very one-dimensional interpretation of policing,” said Sir Hugh, who took over his current post in 2002. He said he had spoken to all leading US politicians with an interest Northern Irish affairs, including Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy “and dear old President Bush, who I visit once a year to tell him about policing and that it’s working”. He said: “It’s not the content of the conversation that’s important but that the conversation that takes place.”

Meanwhile, with TUV MEP Jim Allister criticising Sinn Féin on the subject of policing, specifically in relation to the Omagh bombing, the Irish Times also carries this comment from deputy First Minister, SF’s Martin McGuinness.

Asked if he would call on those with information about the bombing to bring it to the police, Mr McGuinness said he shared “the very serious concerns about how the police handled this investigation from beginning to end. “That is why my position is to support the calls that are made by families here for the establishment of an independent tribunal. “They obviously have lost all faith and we have seen debacle after debacle in terms of the investigation of this terrible atrocity. What we need to do is support the families in the demands they now make.”

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  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    “They put the protection of the killers above the attainment of justice..”

    The whole thing is a disgrace. The sooner Ronnie Flannigan commits suicide the better.

  • cynic

    “They put the protection of the killers above the attainment of justice..”

    Pete

    This piece infers to me that Hugh Orde or someone else said this. Its not in any of the linked articles. Where is the quote from?

  • Pete Baker

    cynic

    It’s from Mr Allister in the linked BBC report.

  • cynic

    Pete

    Sorry. I misssed that one – or, more truthfully, my eyes glaze over after more than 3 secs of Jim Allister.

  • “They put the protection of the killers above the attainment of justice..”

    This also looks like a phrase that could be directed at the two Governments; ditto the protection of informers. It would appear that Joe and Josey Soap are expendable when the institutions are under threat.

  • BfB

    ‘including Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy’

    There’s a pair that’ll beat a full house.

    Vince Foster
    Mary Jo Kopechne

  • picador

    “They put the protection of the killers above the attainment of justice..”

    Is this some kind of slander against the gallant men of the RUC!?

    LOL. Own Goal Baker

  • barnshee

    Just part of the whole charade
    Slimy Jeffrey and Provo Martin -without a shred of Irony laying wreaths. What despicable people.

    Now its all the fault of the police?

  • Pete Baker

    Really picador?

    Perhaps you’d like to consider why the deputy First Minister is ducking the question now.