SF clash with Police Federation over parade comments

Sinn Féin has clashed with the Police Federation, which represents rank and file police officers, after the Federation criticised those who oppose loyalist parades.

Sinn Féin has clashed with the Police Federation, which represents rank and file police officers, after the Federation criticised those who oppose loyalist parades.

The Federation magazine, Police Beat, had accused the people who oppose the parades of being immature and irresponsible.

Sinn Féin Councillor in the Ardoyne, Margaret McClenaghan, rejected the claims, and said that the Federation were well known for being politically-partisan, and such comments did not help agreements being reached in relation to Orange marches.

She added that it was time that the Federation "stopped being apologists for bad policing. If anyone was being immature, it is those within the police who continue to resist change".

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