A Sinn Féin party delegation led by the party’s leader in the North Michelle O’Neill MLA met with the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton today.
The delegation included Seán Crowe TD, Linda Dillon MLA and Gerry Kelly MLA raised a number of issues including ongoing UDA activity and the PSNI’s continued failure to provide information to the courts.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“I had asked for this meeting in the wake of the Colin Horner murder in Bangor a number of months ago.
“Today we had a focused and frank discussion particularly on the issue of loyalist paramilitarism and their continued activity and criminality which is holding communities to ransom through racketeering, drug dealing and extortion.
“We were seeking assurances from the PSNI about their actions and efforts to tackle these issues.
“We also raised the issue of the two recent court judgements from Justice Treacy and Justice Stephens in terms of two key issues.
“One the fact that there have been systemic failings on behalf of the PSNI in relation to collusion and the Glenanne Gang in particular.
“We want to be assured that everything is being done that should be done.
“We need to see action from the PSNI because clearly the fact that over 130 people lost their lives at the hands of the Glenanne Gang means that the PSNI need to do their job in terms of bringing together all the evidence.
“We also raised the issue of the continued failure by the PSNI to provide information to the courts and to comply with court orders.
“The police like everyone else have responsibility legally to comply with court orders. The continued failure to do so has a potential impact on our ability to develop the necessary levels of confidence in our new policing dispensation.
“The final issue we raised was that of bonfires and related hate crime.
“Hate crime is something that can not be tolerated in society and it is something that needs to be stamped out.
“We all have a role to play but I asked the Chief Constable today what action they were taking in relation to hate crime and some of the effigies we saw displayed.
“This was the first in a series of meetings with the Chief Constable and we will continue to look for resolution on all the issues raised.”