A series of actions are already being undertaken to deliver commitments made in A Fresh Start to tackle paramilitary activity and organised crime. However, we recognise that success can only be achieved through an ambitious multi-faceted approach which brings together all of the Executive departments and other key stakeholders. Whilst we need a law enforcement response to the criminal acts that are perpetrated, we also require a systemic and collaborative response to the underlying issues which are exploited by those seeking to sustain such activity.
Following the murders of two men in Belfast during the summer of 2015, the UK Government published an assessment of the current activities of paramilitary groups. In line with the conclusions of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), the assessment concluded that none of the paramilitary groups which have long been on ceasefire were involved in planning or conducting terrorist attacks. However, individual members, or former members, of paramilitary groups continue to engage in criminal activity.