Earlier today I noted the NIO Security Minister Shaun Woodward’s attempt to clarify his comments on the Provisional IRA and organised crime, and I compared his clarification with what he had actually stated in December. The BBC now report that the Policing Board Chairman, Desmond Rea, has made public his response, “on the issues of organised crime the board is clear that PSNI and the other agencies advised that all paramilitary groups were still involved in organised crime. This is clearly at odds with your position as stated during the briefing and in your earlier statement of 13 December 2005.” Perhaps Shaun Woodward would also like to clarify what he said in this interview?
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