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Sinn Fein's McDonald to have talks with PSNI chief

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton
PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton

By Cate McCurry

The leader of Sinn Fein and the PSNI Chief Constable have held a "frank and constructive" meeting.

Mary Lou McDonald and George Hamilton spoke in Washington DC yesterday, discussing their recent dispute over a successor to Mr Hamilton.

The meeting came after Mrs McDonald said last month a replacement for the Chief Constable, who is due to retire in the summer, should come from outside the PSNI.

A spokesman for Sinn Fein said Mrs McDonald raised with Mr Hamilton the issue of the PSNI's failure to disclose information about historical killings to the Police Ombudsman.

"It was a frank meeting, but it was a constructive meeting as well," the spokesman added.

"The big issue, and where there is agreement here, is that we need to remove legacy policing from contemporary policing."

A spokesman for the PSNI confirmed the meeting had taken place.

Sinn Fein said Mrs McDonald also raised concerns about the court case against Belfast journalist Trevor Birney.

Mr Birney was arrested six months ago over the alleged theft of confidential material linked to the Loughinisland massacre investigation from the offices of the Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire.

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