Monday 20 November 2017

Commissioner to be quizzed by TDs on PIRA report

Ms O’Sullivan will attend a hearing in the coming weeks, where she also face questioning over a range of other issues, including the increase in burglaries and rural crime
Ms O’Sullivan will attend a hearing in the coming weeks, where she also face questioning over a range of other issues, including the increase in burglaries and rural crime
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan will be grilled by the Oireachtas Justice Committee over her report on paramilitary activity.

Ms O'Sullivan will attend a hearing in the coming weeks, where she also face questioning over a range of other issues, including the increase in burglaries and rural crime.

Yesterday, committee members said they had a raft of queries for the commissioner relating to cross-border crime and the allocation of policing resources.

Louth Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd said he would be seeking clarity on the two reports released this week detailing intelligence on paramilitary activities on both sides of the Border.

Fianna Fáil justice spokesmen Niall Collins also said he would raise the reports.

The PSNI and MI5 report found that the Provisional IRA still existed and its members believed the IRA leadership controls Sinn Féin.

However, the Garda report found no evidence that the Provos operate on this side of the Border.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that a new and potentially permanent paramilitary watchdog could form part of a deal from the Stormont talks.

UK Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has asked the parties in Northern Ireland to consider the move, with the DUP in favour of ongoing oversight of paramilitary groups. Sinn Féin would only say the "talks are ongoing".

Irish Independent

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