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Hugh Orde calls on politicians to solve the legacy logjam

By Staff Reporter

Published 05/02/2016

Hugh Orde
Hugh Orde

A former PSNI Chief Constable has said it time for politicians to take another look at proposals for dealing with the past that they previously rejected.

Hugh Orde also said the decision to get rid of the PSNI's Troubles 'cold case' team marked a failure in leadership.

He told the BBC's The View that there was a need for leadership to break the logjam over dealing with the legacy of the Troubles.

"Politicians from all sides who represent all the communities need to sit around the table and come up with a solution," he said.

"It's certainly not going to happen without clear, joined-up political leadership."

Mr Orde said his ambition when setting up the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) in 2005 was to be part of the wider process examining legacy issues. "Sadly, no one came in behind us, leaving the HET really to be the only show in town. Now, sadly, even that has gone. So I think we've gone backwards, not forwards."

The unit was stood down in 2014 after criticisms that it applied different standards to State and non-State killings.

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