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Statement by DUP leader, Rev. Ian Paisley
on the Patten Report, 9 September 1999
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Statement issued by Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on the publication of the Patten Report, Thursday 9 September 1999.
"To be told by a Minister of the Irish Republic that we must accept the Patten Commission's Report for the destruction of the Royal Ulster Constabulary is insulting. Indeed, it is an unconstitutional attack upon the democratic rights of the Ulster people. This female slanderer of the RUC should keep her lying mouth shut.
The Patten Commission is, as we said it would be, the death-knell of the RUC. The entire Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve is to be disbanded without any compensation or pension payments. The law is to be changed so that the composition of the Police force will be built on a quota system to produce a guaranteed 50% Roman Catholic force. Deliberate discrimination against Protestants is to be legally engaged in.
Protestants within the Police will be forced out with no hope of receiving justice. Twenty nine non-elected nominated local boards will have the say in making arrangements for a Police Service outside the new Northern Ireland Police Service. IRA controlled police services can be employed by these Boards over and above the Government Police Service. The Government will, of course, pay for this service, and Protestant money will finance those who have wrecked our Province and are now to be custodians of the Protestant people.
Having wiped out (1) the Ulster Special Constabulary without IRA defeat of the same; (2) the Ulster Defence Regiment without IRA defeat of the same; (3) the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve without IRA defeat of the same and (4) the RUC without IRA defeat of the same, is now to be offered as a final sacrificial lamb, to appease the Roman Catholic Republican murderers and their nationalist fellow travellers.
Ulster is now to have a Black Thursday tomorrow, and Black Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for a very long time to come. Patten's programme is that Protestants have to be ethnically cleansed."