Ireland Garda Commissioner says IRA army council still oversees Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill says PSNI has intelligence about planned attack on her by dissident republicans
The deputy leader of Sinn Féin and her party colleague Gerry Kelly are being targeted, according to O’Neill.O’Neill, who is leader of the party in the North, said the PSNI has gathered evidence of a plot against her and her party colleague in recent weeks.
THE Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said that an IRA Provisional Army Council (PAC) still oversees Sinn Féin. Mr Harris has agreed with a PSNI assessment that a scaled down military structure still exists and that it is involved in the running of Mary Lou McDonald’s party. A 2015 report by the PSNI and intelligence agency MI5, commissioned by the British government, found that the IRA still had a “Provisional Army Council”.
It said that Provisional IRA members believe that the PAC “overseas both PIRA and Sinn Féin with an overarching strategy. “We judge this strategy has a wholly political focus” and that the PAC and PIRA were committed to the peace process. It also said that some PIRA members are involved in the storage of remaining weaponry. The PSNI told the Irish Times that it’s assessment has not changed.
Family's dismay as Murphy still won't say their son not a criminal
Family's dismay as Murphy still won't say their son not a criminalThey are calling on Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald to intervene with the Stormont minister. Ms Quinn said: "Our hopes that Conor Murphy was finally about to put right the wrong he did our son were raised when Mary Lou McDonald told us last week that Conor was writing to us. "We placed huge trust in her and we thought she would convince Conor to say that Paul was not a criminal.
Sinn Féin rejects the analysis by the PSNI. Ms McDonald has repeatedly insisted that there are no shadowy figures overseeing the party saying: “nobody's pulling my strings”. Mr Harris this afternoon said: “I am aware of the PSNI and British security service’s assessment and we do not differ from that view.”
‘When we opened the letter our hearts sank’ — Paul Quinn’s parents slam Conor Murphy letter
The parents of Paul Quinn, a 21-year-old Armagh man brutally murdered in 2007, have slammed Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland finance minister Conor Murphy over a letter he sent to them. Conor Murphy came under fire in the days leading up the General Election over comments he made about Paul Quinn to BBC Spotlight shortly after […]Conor Murphy came under fire in the days leading up the General Election over comments he made about Paul Quinn to BBC Spotlight shortly after the young man’s murder, which the Quinn family has pinned on the Provisional IRA.
There will be no vote to elect a Taoiseach when Dail meets again .
There will not be a vote to decide the next Taoiseach when the Dail meets again next week, it has been announced. Sinn Fein Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said that the Dail Business Committee recommended there will be no vote to decide the next Taoiseach on Thursday, March 5, speaking before a government formation meeting with the Social Democrats.
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