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Ditching Assets Recovery Agency a shortsighted move

Former senior RUC and PSNI officer Alan McQuillan was the Assets Recovery Agency's Northern Ireland director
Peter Robinson’s big idea to save Stormont is to resurrect the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) but as the danger from the IRA is now the size of its criminal empire - a fact acknowledged last week by the Irish government - it is a different quango from the last decade that is really required. Between 2003 and 2008, the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) targeted paramilitary gangs in a manner not seen before or since. During those years there was a perceptible shift in paramilitary and public attitudes as the ARA’s Northern Ireland director Alan McQuillan and his team of ac[...]
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