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. Consequently, the remainder of this action plan follows the strategic outline provided by the Three Person Panel: Promoting Lawfulness; Support for Transition; Tackling Criminality; and Addressing Systemic Issues.
The Executive is committed to improving outcomes for citizens through its Programme for Government. There is a need to address some of the most difficult issues which continue to disrupt peaceful and democratic society. In particular, the issues of continued paramilitary activity, criminality and organised crime.