Northern Ireland

Policing Board elects Brian Rea as new chairman

Brian Rea has been elected as chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board
Image caption Brian Rea has been elected as chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board

Brian Rea has been elected as the new chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Mr Rea had previously been standing in for outgoing chairman Barry Gilligan, who stepped aside last year. Sinn Fein's Gearoid O hEara was elected as vice-chair.

The chair and vice-chair usually serve a two-year term.

The board is due to meet the Chief Constable Matt Baggott and the Justice Minister David Ford later on Wednesday.

Mr Rea was elected by 18 out of 19 members of the Policing Board, which holds the PSNI to account. One member did not vote because they had prior arrangements.

Mr Rea sits on the board as one of its nine independent members.

He is a former member of the DUP, and worked as a lecturer at Castlereagh College.

The new vice-chairman Gearoid O hEara is also an independent member. He works as an activist for An Gaelaras, an Irish language and cultural organisation.

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