Gerry Adams: The IRA is gone, and the Continuity IRA have me under death threat 5 years ago

Gerry Adams: The IRA is gone, and the Continuity IRA have me under death threat

Gerry Adams has responded to the Continuity IRA's claim that they carried out the murder of David Byrne in Dublin last week.

A member of the dissident Republican group told the BBC earlier on Monday that the group was responsible for the murder of 33-year-old David Byrne, from Crumlin in Dublin, as retaliation for the killing of Real IRA member Alan Ryan in Clongriffin - on Dublin's Northside - in 2012.

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The CIRA spokesman said that other attacks were planned.

"This will not be an isolated incident," he said.

"Continuity IRA units have been authorised to carry out further operations. More drug dealers and criminals will be targeted.

"The Continuity IRA will carry out further military operations."

According to BBC reporter Mark Devenport, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has revealed that the Continuity IRA has issued a death threat against him. He also denied that the IRA was still in existence in any shape or form.

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Adams said: "It was a brazen attack in broad daylight by criminal thugs who believe they can operate with impunity and above the normal rule of law.

"They should be locked up, where they belong."

He added: "I understand a group calling itself the Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for the attack at the Regency Hotel.

"They are not the IRA. The IRA are gone and their weapons are gone," he said.