Nationalist party leaders discuss divisive issue of policing

The leaders of Northern Ireland’s two nationalist parties have held a breakfast meeting to discuss their divisions on policing.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and SDLP leader Mark Durkan met early on Tuesday April 30 to discuss the division between the two parties over support for Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The SDLP became the first party to publicly endorse and back the new Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Sinn Féin have failed to accept the new police force and have so far refused to accept their two places on the Policing Board.

They have said the police reforms do not go far enough to meet the changes detailed by former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten in his police reform report.

The war between the two parties over the policing issue has grabbed headlines in recent weeks, particularly with the two parties clashing regularly in Derry City Council meetings. The SDLP has accused Sinn Féin of disrupting council business in the city and of vilifying its councillors.

In response Sinn Féin has accused the SDLP of supporting flawed policing structures that do not have the support of most nationalists and republicans.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

08 November 2019
Other News In Brief
PM Avoiding Public Scrutiny With NI Visit- Sinn Fein Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing accusations of avoiding public scrutiny after his "clandestine" visit to Northern Ireland. The Conservative party leader visited the Tayto Factory in Tandragee, Co Armagh on Thursday evening amid his campaign for the upcoming General Election on December 12.
04 November 2019
UUP Stand Aside In North Belfast
The Ulster Unionist Party has confirmed it will not put forward a candidate in North Belfast for the upcoming Westminster election. Sunday's announcement followed news that the DUP will stand aside in Fermanagh and South Tyrone and support the UUP's Tom Elliot in an attempt to re-take the seat.
01 November 2019
Other News In Brief
Woman's Body Found On Co Down Beach The body of a woman has been discovered on a beach in Co Down. Police are understood to be investigating after the discovery in Kilkeel on Friday morning, 01 November. A post mortem examination is due to be carried out to determine the cause of death. No further details have been released.
13 December 2001
Police Service of NI badge unveiled
A new badge for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has been unveiled. The emblem, which was unanimously chosen by the Northern Ireland Policing Board, features a Saint Patrick's Cross surrounded by one symbol each of a harp, crown, shamrock, laurel leaf, torch and scales of justice.
21 August 2001
Reid calls on parties to sign up to policing plan
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Dr John Reid has expressed confidence that the cross community policing board to oversee the new police service will be set up by the end of September.