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Old Tensions Surface at Police Graduation

April 06, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A graduation ceremony for the first trainees for Northern Ireland's revamped police force was hit by controversy when the visiting commissioner of the Irish Republic's police made an unscheduled speech.

Pro-British Protestants said recently retired chief constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan had in effect "hijacked" the ceremony by allowing Commissioner Pat Byrne of the Irish Republic's Garda Siochana to give a brief speech.

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