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‘Hoax’ Devices at home of Sinn Féin Councillor

3 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Glengormley Briege Meehan has confirmed that the two suspect devices at her home are being investigated.

This follows recent reported death threats targeting Cllr Meehan and a number of Sinn Fein councillors in North Belfast. It is the 4th time in two weeks that Cllr Meehan has been targeted.

The devices have been declared hoaxes.

Cllr Meehan said:

"Obviously we have to take these threats seriously. But no threat will stop me from representing the people from this community who voted for me.

"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."

South Antrim MLA Mitchel McLaughlin added:

"In recent weeks five Sinn Féin councillors from North Belfast and Newtownabby, including those who have been nominated to the local DPPs, received threats instructing them to resign.

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

"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." ENDS

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