What evidence is there that the IRA still controls Sinn Féin?
Official reports about organisation and army council have produced different results
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said it was the view of the force that the IRA Provisional Army Council oversees both the IRA and Sinn Féin. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell
It is rare for the Garda to make an official statement on the links between the IRA and Sinn Féin. So when Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said on Friday it was the opinion of the force that one still exerts control over the other, it predictably made political waves.
Harris’s comments were simple and brief but they have been interpreted in vastly different ways by Sinn Féin’s opponents and supporters. Some have accused him of interference in the process of government formation, others of simply reheating out-of-date intelligence.