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Policing in Northern IrelandDelivering the New Beginning?$
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Desmond Rea and Robin Masefield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381502

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.001.0001

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Individual Incidents and Cases that Impacted on the Policing Board

Individual Incidents and Cases that Impacted on the Policing Board

(p.449) Chapter Fifteen Individual Incidents and Cases that Impacted on the Policing Board
Policing in Northern Ireland

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Liverpool University Press

This chapter vividly brings out the extraordinary range of incidents and cases with which the Policing Board (and the PSNI) had to deal in the period under review - several were of such magnitude that they could have potentially jeopardised the existence of the Board. In date order, they included: the Castlereagh break-in, the search at Stormont, the Police Ombudsman’s investigation into the police handling of Sean Brown’s murder, the Northern Bank robbery, the murders of Robert McCartney, Thomas Devlin, Harry Holland, Michael McIlveen, Paul Quinn, Constable Stephen Carroll, Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar, and Constable Ronan Kerr. Again the chapter notes that the Board’s handling of some of these incidents, including holding the Chief Constable to account in public sessions of the Board, which had potential to impact materially on the political and peace processes – something which no other police authority in Great Britain had to face.

Keywords:   Castlereagh break-in, Stormont search, Northern bank robbery, Murder, Constable Carroll, Constable Kerr

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