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Police chief's meeting with Sinn Fein 'positive'

The new PSNI Chief Constable said last night that he had a
The new PSNI Chief Constable said last night that he had a "constructive and positive" first official meeting with Sinn Fein

By Staff Reporter

The new PSNI Chief Constable said last night that he had a "constructive and positive" first official meeting with Sinn Fein.

Sir George Hamilton's successor Simon Byrne, Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin and a member of the PSNI senior team met with Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill.

Sinn Fein said beforehand that illegal flags, Brexit preparations and Troubles legacy issues would be on the agenda.

Mr Byrne said: "I have already met with the Sinn Fein representatives on the Policing Board and I welcomed the opportunity this evening to engage with the party at leadership level.

"It is important to ensure the police service remains responsive to community concerns and works in partnership with all elected representatives and I intend to have ongoing engagement with all the parties at leadership level."

Mr Byrne has invited all local party leaders for introductory meetings over the summer.

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