Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish and British governments deliberately allowed the Provisional IRA to continue as an “unarmed and withering husk” rather than risk a dissident(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said that “some provisional IRA organisational infrastructure continues to exist”. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

  The international body set up to monitor paramilitary activity in the North stated in its final report in 2011 that the IRA had “gone ou(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan: “I am very much aware that there are a number of individuals, both acting individually and acting in consort, involved in organised crime in a number of the areas mentioned by the Senator”

People linked with the Provisional IRA are still involved in criminality in the Republic but not on the same scale as in Northern Ireland, Garda sourc(...)

Lord Alderdice, of the International Monitoring Commission, has raised concerns over the level of continued paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Nearly 1,300 incidents of paramilitaries forcing people from their homes have been reported in Northern Ireland in the past three years. The number of(...)

Northern Ireland High Court has heard how confidentiality was crucial to the examination of a UVF murder in Belfast. The victim’s sister wants the full disclosure of information gathered on the case. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Confidentiality was fundamental to an examination of a UVF murder carried out on the streets of Belfast, the Northern Ireland High Court heard today.(...)

 Mr Justice Peter Smithwick:  Three former senior gardaí believe the Smithwick Tribunal did not place enough emphasis on the evidence of former members of the Provisional IRA who met the tribunal and outlined how they had planned the killings without, they claimed, assistance from any Garda members.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three former senior gardaí have published a comprehensive evaluation of the Smithwick Tribunal’s conclusions, challenging its key finding of collusion(...)

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