News archive 2003

Catholic Primate condemns intimidation of members of District Policing Partnership Boards

PRESS RELEASE

4 September 2003

Issued by the Catholic Communications Office on behalf of

Most Rev Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

CATHOLIC PRIMATE CONDEMNS INTIMIDATION OF MEMBERS OF

DISTRICT POLICING PARTNERSHIP BOARDS

In response to the recent acts of intimidation against members of District
Policing Partnership Boards, Dr Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate
of All-Ireland, made the following statement:

‘I want to add my voice to those who have condemned these sinister attempts
to rid the DPPBs of Catholic representation. Violence and intimidation have
no place in a community which believes in freedom and human rights. Attacks
on property and threats to people and their families are totally indefensible
and must stop immediately.’

‘District Police Partnerships are a central part of building an accountable
and representative police service. Those who have joined these boards out
of a sense of civic duty deserve our respect and support.’

‘I hope that differences about the future of policing will be worked out through
peaceful dialogue and I encourage everyone to play their part in bringing about
accountable and representative policing in Northern Ireland.’

Ends
17 September 2003

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