O’Dowd: criminals have no place in Republican communities…

Asked by Seamus McKee if his party would back Catherine McCartney’s call for his party to help find her brother’s killer, John O’Dowd gave an unequivocal yes, saying further that criminals ‘had no place in Republican communities’. However, considering an internal IRA enquiry was convinced it knew enough to offer to have two individuals it held responsible shot, the question is not likely to go away any time soon, if the extraordinary communal silence surrounding his murder continues.

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