Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement

Engagement with Truth and Justice Movement

Ms Cathy McIlvenny:

Can I come in on that? After the Good Friday Agreement, they set up the district policing partnership and then subdivided it off into district policing. Then there was a local district partnership. I am not sure of all their names. Coming from the loyalist Shankill area, however, if a person went to make a complaint, as he or she was supposed to do, the police and all these community workers were there. When a person went to that meeting and stood up and made a complaint about somebody in the area, he or she was actually making the complaint to the local paramilitary leader, four of whom sat on those panels. I personally sent a letter of objection into the district policing board about who was sitting on these panels. Its guidelines say that one cannot by creed, deed or word of mouth support a paramilitary organisation. We took pictures of this particular person with a badge and an armband in support of the UVF and there was never anything done about it. Nothing was done. That is what people who come from these communities are up against. I will not name names but one particular person is now a community development worker-----