“a kind of conservative, male-dominated organisation”

Northern Ireland Regional Development Minister, Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, has clarified his position after telling the Irish News that he would have “reservations” about his teenage son or daughter joining the PSNI because “[He thinks] police services are a kind of conservative, male-dominated organisation”.

From the UTV report

Mr Murphy told The Frank Mitchell Show he had not wanted to talk about his children and that he had refused to give any personal information on them.

But while he said his comments had not been made “in relation to young people generally” but about his own family, he added: “My own personal view is that organisations like that – like police forces, armies – are very autocratic organisations and it’s not something that I would encourage someone to be part of.”

Unlike, for example, Sinn Féin…