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

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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