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Garda intelligence deemed members of IRA army council play a key role in SF decisions

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Controversy: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he was aware of the PSNI and British security service’s assessment and “we do not differ from that view”. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Controversy: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he was aware of the PSNI and British security service’s assessment and “we do not differ from that view”. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Controversy: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he was aware of the PSNI and British security service’s assessment and “we do not differ from that view”. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The brutal murder of former republican prisoner Kevin McGuigan in a Belfast pub in August 2015 put the spotlight on the post-decommissioning and ceasefire status of the Provisional IRA.

A statement from then-PSNI chief constable George Hamilton about the role of IRA members in the murder and an unrelated letter by then-Garda commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan about the existence of the IRA leadership created confusion on if the terrorist organisation's ruling "army council" was still in place.


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