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Leadership needed to face down threat to political process

21 August, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly


 Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said this is a time for calm heads and political leadership and he called on political leaders to stand together in facing down the threat to the political process posed by people trying to drag society back to the past. 

 Gerry Kelly said:

 “The families of Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison and Kevin McGuigan deserve justice and the task of the police is to carry out a thorough investigation.

 “These killings were wrong and those responsible need to be brought to justice. 

 “The PSNI have said that the Action Against Drugs group threatened to kill anyone involved in the killing of Gerard Davison only days before the killing of Kevin McGuigan.

 “I am on record as saying, and I repeat, this is a criminal gang which has been involved in extortion, intimidation and murder in nationalist communities.

 “The PSNI need to get on with their investigation and bring to justice those responsible for the killing and I call again on people with any information connected to these killings to bring it forward to the police. 

 “I and my party colleagues have repeatedly called on the public to support and co-operate with those investigations and the criminal justice system needs to be allowed to run its course. 

 “The actions of the criminals responsible for the killings of Gerard Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan are an attack on all the people of this community.

 “This is a time for calm heads and mature political leadership.

 “What is required now is mature leadership from all of our political parties in standing together against criminal gangs trying to bring us back to the past.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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