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Ireland    PRIEST URGES YOUNG CATHOLICS TO JOIN NORTHERN IRELAND POLICE
In a speech welcoming the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into British law, a veteran justice and peace campaigner urged young Catholics to join Northern Ireland's police.
    Speaking to the Irish Association, Msgr. Denis Faul said, "Young persons who wish to join the police next year are not particularly worried about names and badges and symbols -- they expect modifications.
    They welcome accountability, but expect those who murder and injure police personnel to be accountable for their actions. Young Catholics' biggest worry (if they join the police force) is that they and their families will be harassed and driven out of their homes by the paramilitary bully boys."
    Policing is one of the most contentious issues in the Northern Ireland peace process. Since its inception, the Royal Ulster Constabulary has been perceived by Catholics and nationalists as an arm of Protestant and British rule.
   
CNS
   
22 Sep 00



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