Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting on the remarks by the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton today said:
“Sinn Fein stands on our record in the peace and the political processes and on our mandate.
“I note the comments by the Chief Constable today that he accepts the bona fides of the Sinn Fein leadership and our pursuit of the peace process and support for the police in the ongoing investigation into the deaths of Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan.
“The stand of Sinn Féin on the peace process is a matter of public record. Our integrity is based on our electoral mandate and not on the views of anyone else, even a chief constable.
“I do not accept the PSNI claims about the IRA.
The war is over. The IRA is gone and not coming back. This has been acknowledged and evidenced over the past 10 years. There is now a peaceful and democratic path to achieve republican objectives. This has the support of the vast majority of republicans and nationalists.
“Those individuals who do not embrace this and are pursuing their own agendas do not represent republicanism and should be held to account by the criminal justice system.
“Recent mischievous speculation and the use of these tragic deaths by other political parties is self-serving and wholly cynical.
“The actions of individual criminal elements or gangs must not be allowed to derail the peace and political process.
“Sinn Féin have and will continue to support the PSNI in bringing those involved in the killings of Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan to justice and we have consistently called for anyone with any information connected to the investigation to bring it forward.”