The Stormont Executive’s to be suspended for a month to allow for talks surrounding the issue of I.R.A criminality.
Meanwhile, the Taoiseach says Sinn Féin needs to do more about applying the law of the land than calling on people to come forward with information on crimes. Enda Kenny was speaking after a security briefing from the Garda Commissioner. The fallout of the revelation by the North’s police chief that members of the Provisional IRA were responsible for the murder of Kevin McGuigan in Belfast has dominated politics North and South for the past two weeks. This morning the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Justice and Foreign Affairs ministers were briefed on the provisional IRA and security issues by the Garda Commissioner. Enda Kenny wasn’t giving away much in the wake of the meeting – but did reveal he expects the Stormont Executive to be suspended for the month of September to allow space for fresh talks. He did insist that Sinn féin’s stance of calling on people to come forward with information on law breaking wasn’t sufficient. Meanwhile Minister Charlie Flanagan and Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers have been involved in talks in Dublin this afternoon, while First Minister Peter Robinson’s heading to Downing Street to speak with British PM David Cameron.