07 April 2006

SF and SDLP criticise Rea’s Police Board re-election


07/04/2006 - 08:36:38

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have both criticised the re-election of Prof Desmond Rea as chairman of the North's Policing Board.

Prof Rea, who defeated independent member Pauline McCabe in last night's vote, has held the position since the board was established in 2001.

He had been the preferred choice of unionist members of the board, while nationalists had come out in support of Ms McCabe.

Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly has claimed Prof Rea's re-election highlights a unionist failure to grasp the concept of power-sharing, while the SDLP has said it was disappointing that the opportunity for change was not taken.

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