The Sinn Fein MLA for North Antrim, Pillip McGuigan, has responded to the DUP over comments made by fellow North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey, that the DUP would not be ‘accepting’ a return to 50/50 recruitment in the PSNI.
This comes after Mr Storey told the BBC that;
“50/50 recruitment institutionalised sectarian discrimination. It won’t be coming back.’
Hitting back at these comments, Mr McGuigan who also sit on the Policing Board, told Ballymoney Bubble;
“Reports that only one in five Catholics are successful in the recruitment process for the PSNI are very concerning.
Sinn Féin have always maintained that 50/50 recruitment should not have been brought to an end. It was there to make sure that the police service was fully representative of the community it serves.
50/50 recruitment was necessary to address decades of imbalance in the make-up of the police and was only one part of wholesale reforms in an effort to bring about an accountable policing service committed to policing with the community.
It will come as no surprise that the DUP has set their face against a measure which went some way to address the massive imbalance in representation in the police.”