'Provos running community alert system'
The Provisional IRA is operating its own community alert system in border communities that it controls, the chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly Committee has claimed.
Paul Coughlan, who is also Fine Gael chief whip of the Seanad, said there were "real concerns" about policing resources in border counties.
Mr Coughlan, whose committee published a report calling for a cross-border task force on crime, said it should be a priority to crack down on Provo gangs.
"There are real concerns in relation to policing in border areas, particularly around South Armagh," he said in the Seanad.
"There are extremely worrying reports that alert type signs, common in all parts of the country, are in that border area, connecting callers to local PIRA members if they have any difficulties in the community.
"Criminals in this area are operating fiefdoms totally separate from the PSNI and the Gardaí. In this modern, democratic society, there can be only one police force and that is the PSNI north of the border and the Gardaí."