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Dunbar's anti-RUC comments wrong


Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

I was perturbed to read that Adrian Dunbar, a 58-year-old actor, who grew up in Enniskillen, told the Radio Times that, "The RUC were a sectarian organisation, given that they were drawn from one section of the community.

"It wasn't my section of the community, so it was hard not to see them as an oppressive force".

Membership of the RUC was open to all and Catholic membership never fell below 8%, which is remarkable considering the way the IRA especially targeted Catholic officers.

It's also noteworthy that during some of the worst days of the Troubles, the Chief Constable was a Catholic from Derry, called Jamie Flanagan.

I wonder, then, if Adrian would consider it fair for a Protestant from the Republic to regard the Garda as a sectarian force, just because it is overwhelmingly Catholic in membership?

These comments are unworthy of Adrian Dunbar and, sadly, I must conclude that they reflect his own anti-RUC prejudice.


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Ballymena, Co Antrim