Deputy Pearse Doherty says IRA have no place in Irish politics

A recently formed republican group which claimed responsibility for the murder of a prison officer in the north is "trying to pull us back into the past".

That's the view of Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty who says the group - which calls itself the IRA - has no place in republicanism and no support either north or south of the border.

The group is also being linked with the discovery of a bomb close to the school in Belfast last night.

Deputy Pearse Doherty says there is no role for armed groups in Irish politics: