Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he is “surprised” by the arrest of the party’s northern chairman by PSNI officers investigating the murder of Kevin McGuigan.
Bobby Storey was one of three men aged 45, 58 and 59 respectively, who were arrested in Belfast this morning.
McGuinness insisted Mr Storey was a key advocate of peace.
“I was surprised to learn about the arrest this morning of our six-county party chair Bobby Storey,” he said.
“Bobby Storey is a valued member of Sinn Féin’s core leadership. He has played a leading role in the development of Sinn Féin’s peace strategy and is a long standing and loyal supporter, defender and advocate of the peace and political processes.
“We look forward with confidence to his early release.”