Friday 15 December 2017

DUP should help Sinn Fein out of the corner it has painted itself into

Liam Clarke

WE now need damage limitation measures from Sinn Fein and the DUP. Gerry Kelly was smiling and in the best of humour as he bounded out of Antrim police station to report that Gerry Adams was in good form, had been well treated by the custody staff and was now "worried about the damage that it may be doing to the image of policing".

Mr Adams is right: there had been wild claims from Sinn Fein of Mr Adams being questioned for 17 hours a day, when he is entitled to eight hours sleep and regular breaks of refreshment and rest, which he should correct.

This isn't the first instance of overt political pressure being put on the PSNI to release suspects or bend to apolitical agenda, but it is the most blatant, and it was paraded before global TV audiences.

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