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GARDA IN NORTH.

Byline: By TOM LATCHEM

A ROW broke out yesterday as the Garda recruited in the North for the first time ever.

Senior officers want to sign up young people from across the border into the force's ranks.

But the decision to set up a stall at a job fair at Belfast's Waterfront Hall caused controversy with Northern politicians.

Ulster Unionist Party member Michael McGimpsey said: "The Police Service of Northern Ireland require 50-50 recruitment of Catholics and Protestants which is discriminatory.

"That was introduced due to the force's inability to recruit young Catholics and nationalists.

"The Garda will be recruiting in that group and so what they are doing is flying in the face of 50-50. It removes any justification for 50-50."

But SDLP Policing Board member Alex Attwood hit back at Mr McGimpsey's claims.

He said: "Michael McGimpsey's attack on the Garda attending a recruitment fair in the North and 50-50 recruitment is simply ludicrous."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2006
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