Taoiseach believes IRA ops continued during peace talks

02/02/2005 - 11:20:59

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has reiterated his belief the IRA was involved in serious criminality last year while Sinn Féin was in peace negotiations with the Irish and British governments.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Mr Ahern said the PSNI and the gardaí both believed the Provisional IRA was involved in a number of "operations" last year, including the Northern bank heist.

He also said the two police forces believed the operations would have had the sanction of the IRA army council and would have been known to the political leadership of Sinn Féin.

The peace process is currently stalled due to the furore over the IRA’s alleged involvement in the Belfast bank raid.

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