Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins has responded to reports that dissident republicans have claimed responsibility for the murder in the Regency Hotel last Friday.

Mr. Collins said: “People are still reeling from the barbaric and callous assassination that took place last Friday.  Today’s claims from dissident republicans that they were responsible shows there is in fact very little difference if any between dissident IRA activity and gangland criminals.  This admission illustrates the need for the Special Criminal Court to be used in tackling these crimes.  There needs to be a clear signal given that this type of activity is not and will never be tolerated.”

“I believe the public should be extremely suspicious of the motives of other political parties who want to strip our justice system of one of the most effective tools used against terrorists.  Far from dismantling the Special Criminal Court we need to expand its remit to include gangland and organised crime.

“Fianna Fáil has a long and proud record of Zero Tolerance to gangland crime and dissident republicans and we will ensure Gardaí have the power, finance and political back-up necessary to keep our streets safe.”