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47-year-old arrested by PSNI in connection with Kevin McGuigan murder

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

A 47-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of veteran republican Kevin McGuigan.

The man has been taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

Chief Constable George Hamilton said in a police conference on Saturday that he believes that some Provisional IRA members were involved in the murder of Mr McGuigan outside his Short Strand home earlier this month.

The man is the eleventh person to be arrested in connection with the murder.

Patrick Fitzpatrick, 53, was arrested last week and charged with a firearms offence and has been refused bail.

The arrest comes as Ireland's Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, ordered a "fresh assessment" of any activity undertaken by the Provisional IRA.

She said: "Recent developments are of considerable concern but what we need to do now is establish all the current facts and that is what is happening in the rigorous investigation being carried out by the PSNI.

"I have asked the Garda Commissioner to liaise closely with the PSNI and carry out a fresh assessment of the status of PIRA in the light of any new evidence emerging during the PSNI investigation into the death of Mr McGuigan.

"To simply say PIRA continues to exist as if nothing has changed would be quite wrong,"