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Sinn Féin councillor target of ‘aborted’ attack

25 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Glengormley Councillor Briege Meehan has said that the PSNI informed her tonight, Thursday 25th October that she was the target of an 'aborted' attack earlier today.

In recent days there have been a number of reported threats against Sinn Féin councillors in Glengormley and North Belfast.

Commenting Cllr Meehan said:

"Obviously we have to take these threats seriously. But neither the threats nor this 'aborted' attack will stop me from representing the people from this community who voted for me.

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"Last weekend five Sinn Féin councillors from North Belfast and Newtownabby, who are nominated to the local DPPs, received threats instructing them to resign these positions.

"They have made it clear that they will remain on the DPPs.

"This evening one of those threatened has been informed that there was an 'aborted' attack.

"Briege Meehan is fighting hard within a unionist dominated council for the rights of nationalists and republicans. Yet these so-called republicans, who have done nothing to defend the rights of the people from this community, threaten her.

"Those behind this campaign need to reflect long and hard about their position. They have joined the ranks of those, including the British State and their surrogate loyalist gangs, who have threatened Sinn Féin public representatives and members.

"These threats and campaigns of violence against our party failed in the past to stop us representing the people who elect us and they will continue to fail in the future." ENDS

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