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Sinn Féin's finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty Sam Boal/
Sinn Féin

"The IRA have gone away. The war is over, they’re not coming back"

‘We differ from the view of the Chief Constable’

CHIEF CONSTABLE OF the PSNI George Hamilton has reasserted that he believes Sinn Féin is committed to the peace process.

Speaking at an event in Derry yesterday evening, Hamilton stated that this was “why I do business with them.”

He was appearing at the event alongside Sinn Féin’s national chairman Declan Kearney, according to Derry Now.

Despite this, the political party continue to face pressure over the assertion from the chief constable last week that some Provisional IRA infrastructure remains in place.

Speaking this morning about the view of the PSNI that the Provisional IRA had involvement in the murder of Kevin McGuigan, Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty stated that his party has a view that “differs from the view of the chief constable”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, he said, “The IRA isn’t in existence, the IRA have gone away. The war is over, they’re not coming back. They’ve left the field.

And that has been the situation since 2005 when that historic statement was made. It is very clear from communities in the North where the IRA had support, where it was born from and where it was sustained from that the IRA no longer exists. It is our view that that is the situation.

West Belfast Festival debate PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton appearing earlier this month Niall Carson / PA Wire Niall Carson / PA Wire / PA Wire

Later today the DUP is set to meet with the British government to discuss the future of the Northern Irish power sharing executive.

A delegation led by the party’s deputy leader Nigel Dodds will meet with Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villier in Belfast to discuss the future of power sharing.

This follows a recommendation from the UUP leader Mike Nesbitt yesterday that his party should withdraw from the Northern Ireland powersharing executive over ongoing speculation about Provisional IRA involvement in killing of Kevin McGuigan.

He stated that “Sinn Féin has no credibility and we have no trust”.

Read: The Garda Commissioner has weighed in on the existence of the IRA

Also: “Dried-out husks don’t set out to murder people” – Burton

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