It is feared reports of police collusion in Northern Ireland could deepen divisions between Republicans ahead of a crucial week for the peace process. An inquiry has found certain informants, members of the banned loyalist UVF, were allowed to get away with murder and other serious crimes. However, prosecutors say charges are unlikely.
Report author Nuala O’ Loan: “Police officers today are as shocked as you are and as shocked as I am by what has occurred. It was systematic, it was practice. You know, they will make their own arguments about why it happened, all I can say to you is that what happened should not have happened.”
Allegations of collusion by the mainly Protestant force have been made by Republicans for decades. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams says those claims, and potentially many more, have now been vindicated: “This was administrative practice. It was part of a war of terror. It was part of the practice that was used for a very long time to defeat republicans and it failed.”
Sinn Fein meets on Sunday to decide whether to endorse policing in the province for the first time – a key demand from opponents before a power-sharing assembly can be restored in Belfast.