Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sinn Féin on the run as IRA makes return

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Philip Ryan, Tom Brady and Deborah McAleese

Sinn Féin's leadership is scrambling to limit the political damage after police in Northern Ireland claimed the Provisional IRA is still able to activate its military structures and order executions at will.

The fears expressed by senior PSNI officers have the potential to collapse the peace process and will put huge pressure on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams - who insisted last night the terror organisation has disbanded.

Kevin McGuigan's murder has sparked a political crisis in the North, raising the prospect of Sinn Féin being expelled from the power-sharing executive if the murder is linked to the IRA. A PSNI Detective Superintendent said former IRA member McGuigan may have been shot in Belfast by a reactivated republican terror cell.

Police believe that senior IRA members had conducted an enquiry into the death of Gerard 'Jock' Davison, gunned down in May, and identified McGuigan as the likely killer.

Senior Garda sources said: "There is a blurred line between those on the criminal side and those on the terrorist side."

Irish Independent

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