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Anger at PSNI failure to provide information of Loyalist threat to Sinn Fein Minister

21 September, 2007


Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has said that the refusal of the PSNI to provide information about the extent and nature of the Loyalist death threats against herself and other party members in the Fermanagh area is totally unacceptable.

Ms Gildernew said:

"The recent Police Ombudsman's report highlights serious failures in the way that Loyalist threats are handled.

"In recent weeks there have been a number of serious incidents in the Fermanagh part of my constituency. The Sinn Féin office in Lisnaskea has been attacked and threats made against named members of the party including myself. These purport to come from the Red hand Defenders.

"I have spoken with senior members of the PSNI about this. The PSNI have refused to provide information about the extent and nature of the Loyalist death threats against me and other party members in the Fermanagh area. This conceivably heightens the risk because I am unable to take preventative measures. This is totally unacceptable.

"I have brought this to the attention of the Irish government also." ENDS

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