Wednesday 18 October 2017

Taoiseach, Garda Commissioner discuss security issues surrounding possible existence of Provisional IRA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan was this morning expected to have briefed Enda Kenny on Garda discussions with PSNI on possible Provisional IRA involvement in the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Ms O'Sullivan met with Mr Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan in Government Buildings.

The talks were ahead of a further meeting later today between Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villers, Ms Fitzgerald and Mr Flanagan to discuss the controversy surrounding the existence of the IRA.

The main focus of the meeting in Government Buildings was the overall security issues surrounding the possible existence of the Provisional IRA.

However, Ms O’Sullivan was expected to discuss the McGuigan murder with Mr Kenny after senior gardai were last week briefed by the PSNI on the killing in Belfast.

The Commissioner was expected to give An Garda Siochana’s view on the murder based on the discussions with the PSNI and the force’s own intelligence.

“We wouldn’t give PSNI analysis as that is for them to share with their government and it will be relayed at Ireland and UK meeting later today,” a source said.

Sources said Ms O’Sullivan will tell the Taoiseach the information comes with a "health warning" as the PSNI investigation is at a very early stage.

Ms O'Sullivan was also expected to reiterate that gardai are working closely with their counterparts in the North on the issue.

Ms Fitzgerald and Ms O'Sullivan yesterday held a routine security meeting but the main focus of the discussion was developments in Northern Ireland.

Ms Fitzgerald is expected to issue a statement after her meeting with Ms Villers.

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