Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK


UK: Northern Ireland

RUC chief looks to 'new beginning'

The Patten report recommends cutting RUC numbers by 5,000

Northern Ireland's chief constable says many of the proposals contained in the Patten Report would improve policing.

But Sir Ronnie Flanagan said the change of name, uniform and badge will cause immense hurt to officers, their families and relatives of the 302 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers murdered during The Troubles.


RUC Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan: "Review is not disbandment"
Sir Ronnie said: "If that hurt brings about the true, new beginning that Patten envisages then perhaps the pain has to be endured by us.

"Can Patten bring about that support which has previously been absent without alienating that which has always been present?"


[ image: Ronnie Flanagan:
Ronnie Flanagan: "We have had 302 officers murdered"
He said some recommendations - such as the closure of the Castlereagh holding centre in Belfast - should only be introduced as and when the security situation allowed.

Sir Ronnie also welcomed the report's recommendation that memorials to officers murdered and injured by paramilitaries on both sides be retained.

He said the deaths of the 302 and the injuries suffered by hundreds of other officers must never be forgotten and added: "Without that sacrifice there never would have been a Good Friday Agreement or a Patten Commission."





Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©



Relevant Stories

06 Sep 99 | On Air
Patten's police reforms

09 Sep 99 | Talking Point
Has Patten got it right?

09 Sep 99 | Northern Ireland
Patten rejects policing report criticism

09 Sep 99 | Northern Ireland
Patten speech: The full text





Internet Links


Ulster Unionist Party

Democratic Unionist Party

RUC

Sinn Fein

SDLP


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Next steps for peace

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Machete used in sectarian attack

Unionists face historic choice

Tireless campaigner for peace

Clinton calls on unionists to back Trimble

UDP meets de Chastelain

We have basis for peace - Mitchell

New crackdown on dissidents

Big Apple debut for NI film-makers

Congress rules on RUC training

Selling the settlement

Mitchell intervenes to help shipyard

Shot fired at house

George Mitchell bids farewell

Talks parties' praise for Mitchell