McDonald says IRA has 'gone away' after Harris comments

McDonald says IRA has 'gone away' in response to Harris comments |

21/02/2020 21:32:00

McDonald says IRA has 'gone away' in response to Harris comments |

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that as far as she is concerned the IRA does not exist and 'the war is over'. It comes after Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he agreed with the PSNI view that the IRA army council oversees both Sinn Féin and the IRA.

She was responding to comments by Garda Commisioner Drew Harris, who said that An Garda Síochána does not differ from the view of the PSNI that the provisonal army council oversees both Sinn Féin and the IRA. Asked if the IRA still exists even as political organisation, Ms McDonald said: "No it does not, so far as I am aware, no it does not.

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"The IRA have gone away. The IRA will not be returning. The days of conflict are past."Speaking at an event for Northern Ireland MLAs in Dundalk, she said: "I don't answer for the IRA, I'm not a spokesperson for the IRA."I’m the leader of Sinn Féin and I’m telling you the war is over."

Earlier, speaking at a graduation ceremony of new recruits in Templemore, Commissioner Harris said: "In national security matters and matters around the State, it is my obligation to report to the government as you would expect me to do."Also, we have been contributing to the IRC (Independent Reporting Commission) reporting on the status of various paramilitary groups and we would hold with their opinion on these matters.

"I am also aware of the PSNI and the British security services assessment and we do not differ from that view," he said.Asked if he would have concerns about Sinn Féin in government, Commissioner Harris said he was a public servant and would work with whatever government is put in place.

"I have heavy responsibilities in terms of protecting the people of Ireland in preventing and detecting crime and we will work with whatever minister to achieve those aims," he said.In 2015, Northern Ireland's senior police officer said that the Provisional IRA still existed but was not on a war footing.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said some structures had changed, some had been dissolved but those remaining were not being used for terrorism.Mr Hamilton said at the time: "They are not on a war footing, they are not involved in paramilitary activity in the sense that they were during part of the conflict."

In 2018, Mr Hamilton told the BBC that while "aspects of the (Provisional) IRA still exist", it was "not for a terrorist purpose". Read more2015 assessment of NI paramilitary groups Asked today if there is a provisional army council, Ms McDonald said: "No. I mean I’ve no contact or relationship with the IRA".

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She described Sinn Féin as an open, growing and democratic organisation and as "a grassroots organisation the membership is in the driving seat"."Nobody directs Sinn Féin other than Sinn Féin members and the Sinn Féin leadership," she said.

"I'm the leader of Sinn Féin, I know who runs Sinn Féin. Republicans are absolutely wedded to democracy and peace."Responding to Commissioner Harris' assessment, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked why Ms McDonald does not disband the army council and the IRA or sever all links with them.

He tweeted: "Why doesn't McDonald disband the Army Council and the PIRA or if she cannot, repudiate them and sever all links and do so publicly and unequivocally?"Asked about the Taoiseach's remarks, Ms McDonald said the timing of the remarks coming a day after he lost a vote in the Dáil to be Taoiseach was very telling.

In response to Commissioner Harris' comments, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin tweeted: "No matter how hard Sinn Féin representatives try to spin in the media, and no matter how aggressively their trolls try to bully critics on social media, the inconvenient truth keeps popping up.

"These are real issues that aren't going away." Read more: RTÉ News »

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catalin31517779 Good Morning dear friend Catalin. Pray to pure Soul of Jesus Christ and pure Soul of Archangel St. Michael. Their votes still count eoghanymurphy Read my lips? So why then would a newly elected td sing or chant up the ra Are we ever going to move on? We need to look to the future. We have come through an unnatural period of history & we can’t view it objectively in our now normal environment.

Quite astonishing both ff and fg sought to have Sinn Fein back in stormont but running a smear campaign against them now when it suits Don’t believe her Not in the clip is Michelle O’Neill’s fingers crossed behind her back liarliar Bogsideandproud That that ridiculous question was even asked proves RTÉ nothing but a propagandist!

The toes are curling on fianna fail & fine Gael just get over it and move on from the past it's not working keep your Puppet in play RUC, PSNI DREW HARRIS Bollocks! Distance yourself from paramilitary violence by condemning he real IRA!! As it is the government’s responsibility to defend the integrity of all aspects of governance - should Mr.Harris’s history and intervention at this sensitive time be investigated to ensure that this intervention does not represent an intrusion of a foreign actor in our democracy.

Given Brexit negotiations, would British government prefer not to deal with SF? Has Mr.Harris ever worked as an agent of the British government? Could his statement effect government formation here? Would this advantage the British government? Is he still acting on their behalf? Mmm I’m not so sure! maduro_en

The Army Council must have told her to say that. sinnfeinireland can't be trusted while the connections remain Find someone who looks at you the same way moneillsf looks at MaryLouMcDonald 🤩🥰😎✌🏽 British intelligence/RUC knew the UDA were involved in hundreds of sectarian murders but never bothered their arse having them proscribed until the conflict was almost over.

Why is O'Neill hanging around Yeah right ..... 😂 We’ll see about that . Has Murphy apologised yet, have the punishment beatings stopped ,the smuggling ,the protection racketeers or did Gerry tell you that ? Cut out the lying Mary Lou your party has been caught out on your line by to law enforcement agencies

Thing is, the bullshit ship has sailed. The young people in this country dont listen to horseshite and this just hardens their support for Sinn Fein. The old guard of FF and FG controlling the media, shows how deep we gotta dig to get them out. Do the IRA rule over sinn fein🤔 Where did they go? Government wheeling out Double 0 Harris in last ditched effort to discredit Mary Lou after her sensational speech yesterday. The gig is up Mehole & Leo ,We see you..

Build peace, sinn fein for government Ahhhh that’s grand so Mary glad we sorted that out.sure what would Drew Harris know 🤷‍♂️? People are genuinely afraid. Keel tellin urself that Mary 🤣🤣🤣 🚨🚨🚨National Alert🚨🚨🚨 Met Eireann warns of Sinner bots approaching rapidly coming mostly from Northern Ireland😣 Their mission to put distrust in our... -Garda -Press -RTÉ -Every political party that’s not sf Basically anyone who has a different opinion to sinn fein🤷🏼‍♂️

The Establishment is really not liking change. Why wasn’t this brought up in recent years? The timing is very convenient. She’s full of shite. Loopy Lou ant come out and say they still exsist her superiors in the Army Council would love that 😂 I thought the Garda Commissioner was supposed to be politically neutral 🤔🤔🤔

If the IRA are still around - why doesn't Drew Harris and his band of merry men north & south start making some arrests? Or is it just a smearing campaign.... Great timing this from FF/FG. Just as they are about to cobble together some little plot for govt. The world and its dog knows the IRA has disbanded - for good. The greenparty_ie will never recover if they prop up the dinosaur parties

Why is it never brought up that this man signed a document preventing him from revealing loyalist/British collusion in the murder of Irish people to the Irish government, that should tell you all you need to know about Drew'MI5'Harris & the people who tapped him for garda comish. god , its the same with every popular left political party. people who support them and argue in their favor are all 'trolls' , well this troll says cry harder you craven idiots . this is a very transparent attempt to keep power

Simon Hamilton of PSNI said following in 2015 regarding residual structures of PIRA: 'There is a mechanism, perhaps to bring people along this path of the peace process, to pursue a peaceful political republican agenda without recourse to violence'. Ye right mary 😂 😂😂😂 and there will be idiots that believe her

Cut out the lying ye have been caught out on your party lying by 2 will known law enforcement As believable as Gerry Adams was never in the IRA. Liar ! There’s no doubt the leadership directs SF, the confusion here is over who exactly the leadership is Chief of police saying a major political party in that country.... Is run by the army council of a former terrorist organisation is a little bit unusual....Bit like the Middle East...

Sinn Fein= IRA Drew Harris ex RUC man what do you expect. Sinn Fein do well and these stories appear ? Mary Lou for Taoiseach I wonder how MI5 feels about Drew Harris blowing his cover ? 💩💩💩 I must admit, the more attacks I hear on SF, the more determine I am to vote for them again. Liar liar pants on fire 🤣

Shame on you RTE. Setting the agenda again in an effort to discredit Sinn Fein. The people can see through you. You're a disgrace. Drew Harris ex RUC. Ask Drew about the RUC 's use of infomers to commit murder and get away with it. Old RUC, old grudges. Non tax paying Woman from another juristician there beside her nodding.............

I'm not saying that most Sinn Féin supporters are former republican terrorists, but most former republican terrorists are Sinn Féin supporters. Which Ard Fheis was Michelle O'Neill voted in at? The destruction of Martin in the Dail yesterday evening was a sight to behold.

Harris agrees with PSNI assessment of Sinn Féin and IRAGarda Commissioner Drew Harris has said that An Garda Síochána agrees with a PSNI assessment that Sinn Féin and the IRA are overseen by a provisional army council. He would he's a tan. The RA will ruin Ireland. So Gardai are confirming that Sinn Fein are still overseen by the IRA Army Council despite the denial by MaryLouMcDonald. Fair play to the 75% or Ireland who voted to keep the IRA out of Government.

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Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald clash in the Dail over IRAFianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin launched a scathing attack on Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin during a heated debate on the first day of the new Dáil. Mary Lou is the sharpest when it comes to speaking she just leaves them standing, just saying. So what? The IRA were necessary at the time and is it a crime to speak one's native language? Rent free!!! Now if FF could just provide the rest of the population with affordable accommodation Mr Martin wouldn't be coming a poor second to her in votes for Taoiseach....

‘IRA has gone away’: McDonald responds to Garda Commissioner’s comments‘Democracy is the order of the day . . . there’s no dispute around that’, says SF leader While he's at it tell us who committed the biggest atrocity of the troubles Dublin/Monaghan. He was privy to this information when he was speaking out of the other side of his mouth in the RUC/PSNI! Still a worry? I believe the cops over her

Garda Commissioner says IRA army council still oversees Sinn FéinTHE Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said that an IRA Provisional Army Council (PAC) still oversees Sinn Féin. Well done to the 75% of the Irish electorate who voted against Sinn Fein despite their false promises of dramatically improving Health and Housing whilst simultaneously reducing taxation. IRA council sits on $100 billion +++ in offshore investments, so sinn fein like all political parties are tied to cash source. They wil say anything to hinder SF getting into government

Drew Harris says he agrees with PSNI assessment about IRA Army Council and influence on Sinn FéinThe report found that IRA members believe the Army Council oversees both PIRA and Sinn Féin with an overarching strategy. *NEWSFLASH* FORMER RUC OFFICER DOESN'T TRUST SINN FÉIN 🤦‍♂️ More worried about his corrupt force handing Killer gangs confidential intelligence, No faith in him or who he works under. Dummy saying what the ventriloquist says! Shock! Horror!