02 February 2018
People in Northern Ireland are more than £21.3million better off as a result of work by the Department... more
26 August 2016
The Northern Ireland Prison Service has announced that Director General Sue McAllister will leave her post at the end of... more
09 May 2016
The new Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) came into effect on May 8.... more
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29 August 2018
Normal service will resume at the our offices in CastleCourt and on Royal Avenue.... more
26 February 2018
A multi-agency teleconference has been held to co-ordinate response to difficult weather conditions expected this week... more
13 December 2017
The Department of Education welcomes the determination of public sector pay policy for 2017-18. ... more

Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime - Executive Action Plan

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.

The Fresh Start Panel report on the Disbandment of Paramilitary Groups in Northern Ireland

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.

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