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Police would support independent assessment of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, says PSNI chief Hamilton

Published 03/09/2015

Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton said the Provisional IRA still exists but is not on a war footing
Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton said the Provisional IRA still exists but is not on a war footing

Police have said they would support an independent assessment of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland after IRA members shot a man dead.

The Irish Government and DUP have also supported some form of monitoring of the ceasefires after a killing by individuals from the Provisional IRA shook the political institutions.

Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable George Hamilton has said the IRA - which was supposed to have gone away a decade ago - still exists for peaceful purposes and the shooting of Kevin McGuigan was not sanctioned at a senior level.

He said: "The monitoring of paramilitary groups as conducted, for example, by the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) until 2011, was part of a political agreement.

"The police service would be supportive of any political intervention to create some form of independent assessment process in the future."

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