Irish justice minister calls for fresh 'assessment' of IRA activities

  • Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said in a statement on Tuesday that she has asked the Garda Commissioner to 'carry out a fresh assessment' of the Provisional IRA.

  • Ms. Fitzgerald's request comes as the Police Service of Northern Ireland investigate the death of republican Kevin McGuigan - the PSNI believe PIRA members were involved in the killing. 

The Irish economy had a stellar first three months of 2015

  • GDP grew 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

  • Compared to the previous quarter, GDP increased 1.4 percent. 

  • The CSO revised upwards growth figures for the 4th quarter of 2014, meaning Irish economic growth in 2014 was 5.2 percent (previously 4.8 percent).