Killing threatens to plunge republican factions into all-out civil war on streets
THE execution of RIRA member Peter Butterly is the first murder in an internal feud which threatens to plunge dissident republicans into an all-out civil war.
Gardai have several well-placed informants planted in the various IRA factions and know that Butterly's shooting was ordered by a so-called disciplinary squad.
The squad was set up to purge the ranks of the Real IRA of "undesirable elements" with obvious connections to organised crime. The deadly initiative begun after the disparate republican gangs decided to merge in a new alliance simply calling itself the "IRA".