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Threats to republicans

3 December, 2007

Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly speaking after bomb warnings and threats were made against a number of Republicans across Belfast over the weekend has said that these so-called dissidents have nothing to offer.

Cllr Briege Meehan, the wife of the late Martin Meehan, was told of a bomb warning allegedly from the Real IRA in the early hours of this mornings. Following searching no devices were located.

There were also bomb warnings at the homes of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and Ardoyne Republican Eddie Copeland.

There have also been a series of threats issued to Republicans across Belfast.

Mr Kelly said:

"The targeting of Briege Meehan, by people who claim to be republicans, is a disgrace. She has only just lost her husband. Between the two of them the Meehan's have given a lifetime of commitment to republicanism.

"These people calling themselves republicans have nothing constructive to offer the republican struggle. Their actions only cause disruption to the local community. Their so called targets are in fact republicans.

"These threats, like those in the past from the British State and their Loyalists surrogates, will not undermine the commitment of republicans to Irish Unity and a just and lasting peace." ENDS

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