Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Second SF MLA quits party in protest at policing moves

A second Sinn Fein Assembly member has quit the party in protest at its imminent moves to endorse the PSNI.

Mid-Ulster MLA Geraldine Dougan, from Co Tyrone, joins her Newry/Armagh colleague Davy Hyland in deciding to leave the party because of its handling of the policing issue.

She has previously spoken out against Sinn Fein's move to endorse the PSNI while the force is still under British control.

The two resignations bring Sinn Fein's representation at Stormont down from 24 to 22 and indicates major concern in the party ranks over the policing moves.

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