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Chief Constable retweets Police Federation on Sinn Fein top job row

Chief Constable George Hamilton has retweeted a statement from the Police Federation criticising Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald's comments that the next PSNI boss should come from outside the organisation.

Mrs McDonald said that she could not identify a candidate from within the PSNI to replace outgoing Chief Constable Hamilton.

Mr Hamilton is set to retire in June after serving as Chief Constable for five years.

Sinn Fein President McDonald was speaking on Monday after meeting with the PSNI to discuss a failure by the force to disclose sensitive information on legacy killings to the Police Ombudsman.

She said that she couldn't "honestly" identify a candidate from within the PSNI, and said that there were issues with the culture of policing in Northern Ireland.

Her statement attracted widespread critcism, with suggestions that it could compromise the recruitment process for the next Chief Constable.

The Police Federation (PFNI), Northern Ireland's policing union, said that the comments from Mrs McDonald had been a "grave miscalculation".

In a statement PFNI chair Mark Lindsay said that Mrs McDonald's comments were "wholly inappropriate and offensive".

He accused the Sinn Fein leader of "extraordinary interference in an open and transparent selection process".

This statement was later retweeted by Chief Constable George Hamilton.

The retweet from PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton.
The retweet from PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton.

The Belfast Telegraph has contacted the Chief Constable in relation to this story.

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