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Resolute action and resources, not political rhetoric needed to end criminal activities – Mac Lochainn

20 October, 2015 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has commented on the publication of the report by An Garda Síochána, calling for resolution action and resources to tackle criminality and dissident groups.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

 “The report by An Garda Síochána is consistent with previous reports.

“It is clear that the IRA leadership’s commitment to the peace process, as evidenced in its instruction to its members in 2005: ‘to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means’ and ‘not engage in any other activities whatsoever’ has been successful.

“Dissident groups and criminal gangs appear to act with impunity. Sinn Féin activists and representatives have been threatened and attacked for standing up to these groups.

“What is needed is not political rhetoric, but resolute action and resources to end their activities. 

“Today, I raised these matters in the Dáil with the Minister for Justice and specifically urged her to act on the recommendation of British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) for ‘the establishment of a permanent cross-border task force aimed at targeting organised criminal gangs involved with cross-border illicit trade’.

“In addition, the issue of Justice and policing should be a standing matter of co-operation within the North-South Ministerial Council.” 

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