SF chief says police plan `unworkable'

 

The implementation plan for policing in Northern Ireland was "unworkable", a leading Sinn Fein member said yesterday.

The plan was "incapable of providing for the new beginning to policing promised by the Good Friday agreement," Assembly member Mr Gerry Kelly told a republican rally in Cork.

"If nationalists and republicans are to take the massive historic leap that is required to sign up to policing, then the British government cannot pull down the shutters on negotiations - not unless it doesn't want a deal."

Mr Kelly welcomed the reported comments of Dr Gerard Lynch, one of the authors of the Patten report on policing who, he said, had expressed dissatisfaction with the latest plan.

"Dr Lynch focused his criticism on two fundamental areas, the powers of the Policing Board and the failure of the Implementation Plan to require that all members of the new service take the human rights oath."

UUP MP Mr Jeffrey Donaldson yesterday called for his party to support the DUP call for a boycott of the planned Policing Board.