Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins has responded to a statement from the PSNI that it is conducting its investigation into the murder of Kevin McGuigan on the basis that it was carried out by members of the Provisional IRA and that it is as yet unclear whether the murder ‘was sanctioned at command level’.

Deputy Collins commented, “The comments by PSNI Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes are absolutely chilling.  He appears to have confirmed that the Provisional IRA hasn’t gone away and that a command structure remains in place.  Det Supt Geddes’ choice of language points to a general acceptance among the PSNI that the command structure of the Provisional movement is still in place.

“When my Party Leader Micheál Martin stated his belief that the command structure of the PIRA was still in place and that it still had an influence on the decisions of Sinn Féin, he was condemned by Sinn Féin.  In the same way, he was condemned when he was the first public representative to blow the whistle on Sinn Féin’s sexual abuse controversy.

“It is clear that Sinn Féin condemnations are unreliable, and again today we see senior Sinn Féin representatives immediately move to question the professionalism of the senior investigating officer who gave his assessment of the investigation.

“In the recent past, Sinn Féin have moved quickly to frustrate uncomfortable PSNI investigations on the basis that they judged them to be ‘political’.  It is critically important that in this instance they step back and allow the investigations to continue without disruption.”