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NIreland police to stop favoring Catholic recruits

NIreland police to stop favoring Catholic recruits

The British government says Northern Ireland's police force will stop being required to hire a certain number of Catholics over Protestants following a decade of swift social change.
Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson says the affirmative action policy in force since 2001 can no longer be justified because today's Police Service of Northern Ireland is nearly 30 percent Catholic.
Reform of Northern Ireland's overwhelmingly Protestant police force was a central goal of the 1998 Good Friday peace accord that ended decades of sectarian violence. Only 8 percent of police at that time were Catholic.
For the past decade, recruiters have been legally obliged to ensure that at least 50 percent of job-winning applicants were Catholic. Paterson said Tuesday that law will lapse March 28.


Updated : 2021-06-13 23:18 GMT+08:00