Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie MC, has said that the ongoing investigation into the activities of the agent known as ‘Stakeknife’ will be very uncomfortable for a number of senior republicans.
Mr Beattie said:
“If there is evidence of wrongdoing, then those responsible, must be brought before the courts.
"I sincerely hope that the Operation Kenova investigation into the activities of ‘Stakeknife’ covers all angles, including looking at the inner workings of the republican movement and the historical overlap between the IRA and Sinn Fein. It is crucially important that this investigation is allowed to proceed unhindered, no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient that may be for those who are now well known faces in Sinn Fein, in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.
"In the past we have seen investigations dropped to facilitate the 'peace process'. In terms of Stakeknife, it looks like the tentacles go right to the top of the republican movement in both the IRA and Sinn Fein.
"Having received a written response from the DPP outlining the Stakeknife investigation and his view that it will examine IRA structure right up to their 'Army Council' level, I would welcome a public statement from the DPP to reassure the public this will be the case. I would also welcome a clear and unambiguous statement from Sinn Fein that they will co-operate with the Stakeknife inquiry."