Northern Ireland’s police chief faces three votes of no confidence after refusing to resign over data leak of the details of 10,000 employees which were then accessed by dissident republicans
- Simon Byrne is to face votes of no confidence this week after two blunders
- A data leak last month saw details of 10,000 PSNI employees accessed
Last week, Chief Constable Simon Byrne was found by the High Court to have unfairly disciplined two police officers who were policing a Troubles memorial event in a bid to stop Sinn Fein withdrawing its support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Mr Byrne was already under pressure to quit after a huge data leak revealed the names of 10,000 officers and staff at PSNI.
The data has now apparently fallen into the hands of dissident republican groups.
A vote of no confidence from Jeffrey Donaldson, the Democratic Unionist Party Leader, was submitted to the Northern Ireland Policing Board on Friday night.
The Police Federation has called an extraordinary meeting of its executive committee on Wednesday, where a confidence vote on the PSNI chief may take place over the unfair disciplining of the two officers.
Liam Kelly, the Federation chairman, said: ‘This has infuriated and antagonised the rank and file further, and once again the two officers at the centre of the case are being treated disdainfully.’
Nipsa, the union that represents a number of civilian police staff, is also set to have an extraordinary committee meeting this week where it will decide whether to demand a vote of confidence on the police chief.