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Death Threat issued as Chair of Newry DPP leaves Quinn meeting

21 February, 2008

Newry and Mourne District Policing Partnership Chairperson, Sinn Féin Councillor Brendan Curran has confirmed that he has asked the PSNI to investigate a threat on his life. The threat was directed at him as he was leaving a meeting last night in Newry organised by the Paul Quinn Support Group.

The Sinn Fein Councillor stated that as he was leaving Newry Town, Hall where the meeting had taken place, he was surrounded by up to four men and told that he "would be fixed". He was also told that he would be "sorted out" and to "watch himself" as well as receiving other serious verbal and threatening abuse.

The Newry City Councillor said that whilst the eighty or so people who attended the meeting had engaged in a well rehearsed two hour tirade of abuse against himself and Sinn Fein, he had been shocked at the issuing of these sinister threats against him by people who had been inside the Hall.

"I have no doubt that those who issued these threats to me were serious, and I have contacted the PSNI in relation to the incident.

"I attended the meeting and when I spoke to those present I reiterated what Sinn Féin representatives stated at the time of Paul Quinn's murder and have stated many times since. Anyone who has any information related to this murder, no matter how small or insignificant they think it may be, should pass it on without delay to the Garda or the PSNI. There should be nowhere for the criminals responsible for this murder to hide. These are criminals because they committed a criminal act of murder.

"It is now unfortunate that I find myself the subject of death threats because of my attendance at the meeting organised by the Quinn Support group." ENDS

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