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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Irish primate meets Northern Ireland policing board
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¬†Following an invitation to Church leaders, Catholic Primate Archbishop SeŠn Brady yesterday attended a public meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board in the City Hotel Armagh, its second meeting held outside Belfast this year. Speaking to journalists after the event, Archbishop Brady said: "I wanted to take this opportunity to express my support for those who are working to make policing more acceptable to the local community. Those serving on the Policing Board and the local Policing Partnerships are courageous people working to bring about the type of policing service we all want to see. Their work is vitally important and they deserve the support of the whole community. I deplore the intimidation to which they have sometimes been subjected to in recent times." Referring to the third anniversary of the foundation of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Policing Board - which coincides with the meeting - Archbishop Brady said, "Real progress in policing has been made over the last three years. I am convinced that even greater progress could be made and maybe ought to be made, if the whole community took responsibility for the future success of policing. There can be no peace without justice and no justice without an effective and accountable system of law of order. Such a system serves the whole community and is in the best interest of society. So the whole community should play its part in bringing about that system. It is not enough to talk about the failings of the past and just hope for a better future, we have got to take responsibility for, and play our part in, creating a better future. "So I have no hesitation in renewing my call to Catholics to work together with others and play their part in building a just and honourable future. Everyone should reject completely those who try to halt the progress of our society through violence, intimidation and criminality," concluded Archbishop Brady. Source: Irish Catholic Media Office
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