Policing and demonstration in Northern Ireland

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    A Coroner sitting in Omagh has acknowledged today (9 February 2022) that, while many of the Hampson family's questions may go unanswered, their father, Gerard, died as the result of the actions of a third party, or parties, and DID NOT take his own life.
  • PSNI cannot investigate the Past

    PFC reject the news today that the PSNI is to form a new Legacy Investigative Unit to investigate conflict related deaths. DCC Finlay has announced the closure of the Historical Enquiries Team by Christmas due to Department of Justice cuts of 7% to policing. He said that this unit would conduct...
  • DOJ slashes OPONI Budget

    The Pat Finucane Centre and the families with whom we work are dismayed and disappointed at today’s news that the budget of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is to be seriously reduced.
  • No confidence in PSNI investigation

    The family of a Tyrone man murdered by British soldiers outside Benburb in 1974 have called on the PSNI to "respect the wishes of the family and stop any PSNI review or re-investigation of the killing." John Patrick Cunningham, (27) a vulnerable adult, was shot in the back by soldiers of the Life...
  • PSNI on collision course with families

    The PFC has accused the PSNI of ‘arrogance and gross insensitivity’ following the announcement that the PSNI is to review 13 military killings that had been the subject of a HET review.

Declassified Documents

  • UDA Membership of the UDR

    An internal military Staff-in-Confidence memo on UDA membership of the UDR suggests that a 'moderate line' should be taken towards UDA members because of the role of the UDA as a 'safety valve'.
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  • Security forces and the UDA

    One MoD memo from November 1972 titled 'Security Forces and UDA' instructs that operations 'should be directed against their criminal extremist elements whilst making every endeavour to maintain good relations with law abiding citizens in the organisation.' The RUC apparently had similar instructions. Vigilante type patrols should be tolerated…
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