Catholics urged to join Northern Ireland police service
The only Catholic member of the commission which proposed sweeping reforms of Northern Ireland's Protestant-dominated police system has backed calls by prominent Catholic priest Monsignor Denis Faul, for Catholics to join the new service.
Legislation to reform the notorious Royal Ulster Constabulary became law on Thursday after receiving assent from the British crown. The service will be renamed the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Dr Maurice Hayes said: "I would be more or less in line with Monsignor Faul in calling for Catholics to join.