Statement by Minister Flanagan on McGuigan murder and related issues22/8/15
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has again condemned the recent murder in Belfast of Kevin McGuigan, and encourages all those with information on the crime to cooperate with the police.
“I was shocked to hear of the brutal murder of Kevin McGuigan. My thoughts are with his family in their appalling loss.This was the second murder in short succession in Belfast, coming quickly on the equally callous murder of Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison.
"The brutal taking of life such as happened in these cases violates the whole community. It can have no justification. I condemn those responsible and encourage anyone with information on either crime to bring it to the police.
"The McGuigan and Davison families share their grief with too many others: no more families should suffer such pain. No matter what the trauma or provocation, there must be no retaliation.
"The PSNI Chief Constable, George Hamilton, met representatives of various political parties in Belfast today to brief them on the lines of enquiry his service is following. He subsequently issued a detailed statement on the matter making it clear that the PSNI investigation will be thorough and will follow where the evidence leads, without fear or favour.
"As these matters evolve, officials in the two Governments remain in close contact and I expect to have an early opportunity to discuss matters directly with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In the meantime, the focus must remain on the investigation of two heinous murders. It is essential that the PSNI be allowed continue its work, without undue political pressure and with the support of the entire community, so that those responsible are brought to justice.”