UK Justice Policy Review

Major effort at Northern Ireland reconciliation needed

The outgoing Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Matt Baggott, has told the BBC that his force should no longer be responsible for investigating murders by the British state and paramilitary groups during Northern Ireland civil conflict.

There was a 'need to separate the past from the present,' he told the BBC. 'I think however that is done, the PSNI should no longer be accountable for dealing with issues that pre-date the Good Friday Agreement'.

No 'dark side' to Northern Ireland police

A senior officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland has rejected Sinn Féin claims of a 'dark side' at work in the force.

Chief Superintendant Nigel Grimshaw said that officers in the force should investigate allegations of crime 'without fear or favour'.

The allegations follows the arrest and subsequent release of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams as part of the investigation into the murder of Jean McConville.


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