DETECTIVES investigating the ‘Provo’ murder of Kevin McGuigan are hunting a suspect who has fled to ‘El Passo’ in the Republic.
Belfast Daily understands the man is wanted for questioning after he allegedly provided the killers a safe house in the Short Strand area after the killing.
He later fled his home and detectives believe he is now holed up in the town of Dundalk – once known as ‘El Passo’ for the number of on-the-run republicans living there.
Garda’s Special Detective Unit based in North Louth is looking for him on behalf of the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team.
Louth is the constituency of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams TD who broke cover over the IRA link to the murder of Kevin McGuigan on Friday night.
He said the IRA was not involved in the murder of ex-IRA man Kevin McGuigan Sr.
In the past Mr Adams also said denied IRA involvement in the murder of Garda Jerry McCabe, postman Frank Kerr in south Armagh and the £26.5 million Northern Bank robbery in December 2004.
He has also denied being a member of the IRA despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Mr Adams said the killing of the father-of-nine Kevin McGuigan was carried out by “criminals who do not represent republicanism”.
The Sinn Fein leader said speculation that the IRA played a part in Mr McGuigan’s murder was wrong as the organisation had “left the stage” when it ordered an end to its armed campaign in 2005.
Mr Adams criticised those who he said had “opportunistically and cynically seized” on the murder to “undermine Sinn Féin’s mandate and the peace process”.
Said the Louth TD: “Those who threaten to take action against Sinn Féin in the assembly and executive have no basis whatsoever for this.
“Sinn Féin’s mandate and the rights and entitlements of our electorate deserve exactly the same respect and protection as anyone else’s.”
Mr Adams said Action Against Drugs was “a mix of criminals and former republicans who have engaged in intimidation and violence in pursuit of their criminal ends”.
“The killing of Kevin McGuigan was wrong [and] my thoughts are with the McGuigan family.” he added.
“Anyone with any information on this brutal murder should bring it forward to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
“So, too, should anyone with information on the killing of ‘Jock’ Davison.”
A 60-year-old man arrested on Friday in connection with Mr McGuigan’s murder was later released.
A total of ten people have been arrested over the murder, including Shankill bomber Sean Kelly and Sean Clinton.
Patrick Fitzpatrick was charged this week with having a Glock pistol with intent to endanger life and was remanded in custody.