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Security: Former Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan

Security: Former Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan

Security: Former Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan

UK Army medics deployed to help frontline hospital staff in Northern Ireland are more at risk of getting Covid than coming to harm due to dissident republicans, a former PSNI chief has said.

Alan McQuillan, an ex-Assistant Chief Constable, said that while there is always the potential for Army personnel to be targeted here, steps taken by the security forces should ensure it is as low as possible.

He also hailed the support of Sinn Fein in backing the military aid, which will see 100 medical technicians provide nursing support to health trusts here during the current Covid-19 surge, as important in bolstering widespread acceptance from the public.


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