Monday 5 December 2016

Jim Cusack: Commissioner and more IRA questions

Contradictions between police chiefs on both sides of the Border brings into question levels of intelligence-sharing, writes Jim Cusack

Published 13/09/2015 | 02:30

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD, An Tanaiste Joan Burton TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan pictured at the Garda Graduation Ceremony at the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary
Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD, An Tanaiste Joan Burton TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan pictured at the Garda Graduation Ceremony at the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary

The Government now seems set to 'accept' that the Provisional IRA has no 'military structure', so has no 'army council', no active armed element and no alternative illegal exchequer to finance its revolutionary political objectives.

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That would appear to be the scenario the Taoiseach and his ministers are accepting after last Wednesday's statement by the Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan that she is standing by her assessment of earlier this year that the IRA does not exist as a criminal or terrorist organisation.

Speaking on Wednesday at Templemore Garda College, which has a museum with dedications to 12 members of the force murdered by the Provisional IRA, the Commissioner insisted that her letter of February 19 last to Sinn Fein, supporting the view of the IRA's non-existence, remains her position.

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