Saturday 22 October 2016

Gerry Adams: IRA was not involved in murder of former republican Kevin McGuigan

Published 21/08/2015 | 22:00

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has insisted the IRA was not involved in the murder of former republican Kevin McGuigan.

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Mr Adams comments follow claims by senior PSNI officers that the Provisional IRA may have been involved in the murder.

Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

The Sinn Féin leader criticised those who have “opportunistically and cynically seized on” the murder in “a deliberate effort to undermine Sinn Féin's mandate”.

“The killing of Kevin McGuigan was wrong and those who were involved in it are criminals who do not represent republicanism. The so-called group Action against Drugs is a criminal gang. It is a mix of criminals and former republicans who have engaged in intimidation and violence in pursuit of their criminal ends,” Mr Adams said.

He added: “My thoughts are with the McGuigan family. Anyone with any information on this brutal murder should bring it forward to the PSNI.

!So too should anyone with information on the killing of Jock Davison.

"There has been a lot of speculation and media spin about whether the IRA was involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan. The IRA was not involved.”

Mr Adams said those who threaten to take action against Sinn Féin in the Assembly and Executive have “no basis” whatsoever for such action.

“Sinn Féin’s mandate and the rights and entitlements of our electorate deserve exactly the same respect and protection as anyone else’s,” he added.

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