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Frances Fitzgerald: Speculation on Kevin McGuigan murder 'not helpful' to police probe

Published 21/08/2015 | 17:18

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Justice Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 13/7/2015
Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Justice Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 13/7/2015

JUSTICE Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the brutal murder of Kevin McGuigan must be “condemned by all right-thinking people”.

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But the Fine Gael politician refused to comment on claims by a senior PSNI officer that the Provisional IRA was involved in Mr McGuigan’s murder.

Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

The statement by Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes has sent shockwaves through both political and policing circles North and South of the border.

Reacting this evening, Ms Fitzgerald told independent.ie that the PSNI must be allowed conduct its investigation without interference.

“The taking of life in violent circumstances such as those in which Kevin McGuigan was killed in Belfast last week must be condemned by all right-thinking people.  There can be no justification for such brutal criminal acts,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

“It is important to emphasise that the killing of Kevin McGuigan is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the PSNI in Northern Ireland.  The PSNI must be allowed to carry out its investigation in order that those responsible for this brutal crime can be brought to justice, whomsoever they may be.  Anyone with any information that can help to bring that about should give that information to the PSNI.

“In that context it is not considered that speculation on other issues is helpful until the police investigation is complete.”

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