Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins is seeking a briefing from the Minister for Justice amid concerns about criminal activity engaged in by the Provisional IRA.
Deputy Collins said: “The crisis in the North has moved once again onto the political stage but we cannot lose sight of the chilling assertion of the PSNI on the continued existence of the IRA and their possible involvement in the murder of Kevin McGuigan, a 53-year-old father of nine. The PSNI investigation is ongoing but my party is very concerned that the difference in the views of the PSNI and An Garda Síochána regarding the existence of the IRA.
“I welcome the fact that the Minister Fitzgerald has sought a new assessment from the Gardaí on the current position regarding the IRA. I have now asked the Minister if she would provide a briefing to me on her assessment of any security threat or criminal activity being engaged in by the IRA.
“The PSNI comments following the murder of Mr. McGuigan in east Belfast were extremely worrying. I have also written to the Chairman of the Oireachtas Justice Committee David Stanton on the matter. I believe it is imperative that the committee address the issue as soon as possible. I believe we should assess the level of security threat and the engagement of the IRA in criminality particularly in the border region. This is a matter of serious public interest and should be dealt with as a priority by the Oireachtas.”