Adams: PSNI are wrong, the IRA have gone away
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has contradicted the PSNI chief constable again by claiming the IRA "have gone away".
Mr Adams said the recent killing of Kevin McGuigan had been carried out by groups "who had no right to the proud name of the Irish Republican Army" and said these "alphabet groups" needed to end their "sham campaigns".
The Louth TD was the main speaker at the National Hunger Strike commemoration in Dundalk, Co Louth yesterday.
He addressed the PSNI claim that the Provisional IRA is operating once more and that some of its members are being linked to the killings of former Provisionals Kevin McGuigan and Jock Davison.
"Let me be very clear. The killings of Jock Davison and of Kevin McGuigan were wrong. Those involved do not represent republicanism. They are not the IRA," said Mr Adams.
"Contrary to what the chief constable of the PSNI claims, the IRA has gone away."
He said the "alphabet groups" who operate now "have no connection whatsoever with the men and women who bravely resisted British militarism in the '70s, '80s and '90s and who defeated Thatcher in Armagh women's prison and the H Blocks of Long Kesh".
He added: "As we approach the centenary of 1916, there is no need, rationale, or reason for any armed groups whatsoever. It's time they called an end to their sham campaigns."
Asked if he thought the police force was misinformed or lying, he said: "Those are your words, I haven't used those words." He then refused to answer any further questions.