‘Ambiguity’ of PSNI statement blasted by TUV

Jim Allister
Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister has slammed Chief Constable George Hamilton for the “constructive ambiguity” over the IRA’s involvement in the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Mr Hamilton said on Saturday that the Provisional IRA still exists, but is not engaged in terrorism.

Mr Allister said: “For all the politicking of the chief constable, and his resort to the constructive ambiguity that has hallmarked the dishonesty of ‘the peace process’, the question which faces the unionist politicians – whose partnership with IRA/Sinn Fein he seeks to facilitate – is: By your inaction are you prepared again to give the Provos a licence to kill?”

He added: “Make no mistake, those inclined to let Sinn Fein and its IRA off the hook are not just turning a blind eye to murder but signalling to the republican leadership that the IRA can kill again, provided they oblige by leaving no trace of official sanction.”

When asked about the idea of resurrecting the International Monitoring Commission to analyse PIRA capability, Mr Allister said: “The IMC misled us all in the past so I don’t see any role for them.”

Last night it emerged that the UUP will today meet Secretary of State Theresa Villiers in connection with the chief constable’s statement.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said the current position “is neither tenable or sustainable”.

“What we need to know as a matter of urgency is where the Government is on this because, unlike the PSNI, HMG cannot avoid an analysis of the political fallout.”

On Saturday East Londonderry DUP MP Gregory Campbell said his party is also set to have discussions with the Secretary of State “because these are exceptionally difficult times”.

He said the DUP has posed a series of questions to the chief constable about the status of the IRA and “after that we will make an analysis”.

Last week DUP leader Peter Robinson said “republicans cannot be in the Executive in circumstances where this murder was the work of the Provisional IRA”.