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Wednesday 4 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Simon Byrne

Last month
September 2023
NI Police Federation passes vote of no confidence in PSNI deputy chief constable Mark Hamilton
Hamilton is currently leading the organisation following the resignation of Simon Byrne as PSNI chief constable this week after a string of controversies.
Major PSNI data breach could cost force up to €281 million, MPs told
The Northern Ireland Policing Board withdrew from today’s hearing following Chief Constable Simon Byrne’s resignation.
The PSNI controversies that have dogged Chief Constable Simon Byrne
Byrne last week vowed that he would not resign after the latest in a string of controversies during his time at the top of the force.
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has resigned after pressure over handling of two controversies
The news that the embattled police chief has resigned follows a string of controversies in recent weeks.
On Friday, DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed that his party had submitted a motion of no-confidence in Byrne.
Byrne had originally insisted that he would not resign following an emergency meeting of the Policing Board on Thursday.
The PSNI controversies that have dogged Chief Constable Simon Byrne
This year
PSNI chief constable says he won't resign following lengthy Policing Board meeting
It comes after a court quashed actions taken against two junior officers following a Troubles commemoration event at Sean Graham bookmakers in 2021.
DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson says it's 'time for change' at top of PSNI following High Court ruling
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne is meeting the Policing Board to discuss the latest controversy.
Judge quashes disciplinary decisions against PSNI officers following Sean Graham memorial arrest
Mr Justice Scoffield said action was taken to allay any threat of Sinn Féin abandoning support for the PSNI.
Rishi Sunak expected in Northern Ireland for Biden visit that will cost £7 million to police
Biden will arrive in Northern Ireland on 11 April and depart for the Republic the next day.
PSNI says officers from Britain will be brought to Northern Ireland to police Joe Biden visit
The PSNI chief constable said the visit of the US President was a ‘unique policing operation’.
Northern Ireland police chief warns PSNI will shrink to lowest levels due to funding shortfall
Simon Byrne said there will be 6,699 full-time officers by March – the lowest level since the PSNI was formed in 2001.
Last year
PSNI chief says ‘calm the rhetoric’ as fears raised of loyalist violence
Referring to a bomb scare at an event involving Simon Coveney earlier this year, the chief constable said police can’t have full knowledge of everything.
Calls for justice at large protest in Belfast over Noah Donohoe investigation
Donning blue-and-white striped jerseys and carrying signs, people chanted ‘Justice for Noah’ and ‘tell the truth’ at Belfast City Hall.
All time
Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder
It took an event unrelated to the Irish Sea border furore to set a match to simmering tensions
PSNI chief due before policing board over decision not to prosecute after Storey funeral
The Northern Ireland Assembly is also due to convene today for an emergency sitting to discuss the controversy.
'We have been bashed, frankly': North's police chief dismisses criticism after Troubles memorial arrest
On Friday, a man was arrested by PSNI officers while commemorating the victims of a 1992 massacre.
'Crisis in confidence' in policing of nationalist community over Troubles memorial arrest row
Last night, PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne apologised for the events and said one officer had been suspended.
Garda and PSNI chiefs approve review into Covid-19 policing
Drew Harris and Simon Byrne conducted a joint patrol with local officers on the Tyrone/Monaghan border today.
PSNI chief says Sinn Féin appearance at police recruitment drive 'seismic and historic'
Sinn Féin deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill said the PSNI had to be “reflective of the community it serves”.
PSNI chief sorry for Christmas Day photo with armed officers in Crossmaglen
The photo, which Simon Byrne posted on Twitter, attracted considerable criticism.
'This is the stark reality': PSNI chief defends use of machine guns in Christmas Day tribute photo
The photograph, taken in Crossmaglen in Co Armagh, drew criticism yesterday.
PSNI chief criticised for posing beside officers armed with machine guns for 'Christmas message' from Crossmaglen
Both the SDLP and Sinn Féin have criticised the Christmas Day Twitter post.
PSNI chief calls for backup amid fears of Brexit protests at major ports
Chief Constable Simon Byrne said more officers are needed for front-line policing.
Northern Ireland’s police chief appeals for calm during upcoming UK general election
His comments come as officers continue to investigate telephone threats made to Ulster Unionist Party.
'The threat is changing': PSNI chief calls for extra 800 officers to help combat threat of dissidents
A viable explosive device was discovered on Monday evening in the Creggan area of Derry.
PSNI chief moves to clarify 'we will have your kids' threat to paramilitaries
Byrne said he accepted his enthusiasm to speak in soundbites had created a distraction.
'Breeding ground for dissident hate': North police chief's stark warning amid Brexit uncertainty
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne said his officers could be placed in greater danger by a hard Brexit.
Met Police's Simon Byrne appointed as new PSNI Chief Constable
The former chief constable George Hamilton is retiring at the end of June.