|Ireland||PRIEST CRITICISES BRITISH TREATMENT OF N. IRELAND POLICE PROPOSAL|
An Irish church official denounced a bill that would include the name of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Northern Ireland's police force, in a new name for the force.
According to the Police Bill due to be enacted in October, except for "operational purposes," the future Police Service of Northern Ireland will include the phrase "incorporating the RUC" in its official title.
Fr Timothy Bartlett, chairman of the Down and Connor Diocesan Commission on Social Affairs, said the Irish hierarchy is extremely concerned about this move. The priest is the Northern Ireland bishops' liaison officer with political parties and the Irish and British governments. CNS