Outcome of PSNI questioning will be key factor in future of peace process
The PSNI has backed up its belief that members of the IRA were involved in the murder of Kevin McGuigan last month with decisive action.
The arrests yesterday of three senior members of the republican movement represent the most significant move so far in the police inquiries into the Belfast shooting. It strikes deep into the heart of the movement and compounds the problems facing Sinn Féin. The party must now fight what looks like a losing battle to convince its critics that its former military wing is no longer in existence.
The three arrested suspects, Brian Gillen, Bobby Storey and Eddie Copeland, have all been regarded as senior republicans for many years and have been targeted by the PSNI in the past.