The Garda Commissioner has assured Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald that An Garda Síochána are staying in close contact with their colleagues in the PSNI in relation to matters arising in the investigation into the brutal killing of Kevin McGuigan.
In responding to questions yesterday, the Minister reiterated views expressed by the Chief Constable of the PSNI, which are consistent with the advice available to her from An Garda Síochána, about the status of PIRA insofar as paramilitary or terrorist activities were concerned.
“There is no place in any democracy for any ambivalence by anyone about the rule of law. It is clearly the case that recent developments have raised concerns which need to be addressed fully in the light of any evidence that may emerge,” she said.
“What is of the greatest importance now is that the rigorous investigation by the PSNI into the killing is allowed to continue unhindered, wherever it may lead. An Garda Síochána will do anything they can to be of assistance to that investigation.
“It is important to emphasise that all our laws dealing with the IRA in any of its manifestations remain in place and will be implemented rigorously where there is evidence that they are breached.