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Death threat phone call Made to Council offices‏

2 July, 2008

A death threat has been received by Ballymena Borough Council against Sinn Fein Councillor Monica Digney.

The call, received on Wednesday 2nd July, shortly after 3.30pm, was from a male with an English accent and follows similar threats made last week against North Antrim MLA Daithi McKay, Ballymoney Councillor, Anita Cavlan and a constituency office worker.

Speaking moments after being advised of this latest threat against her life and in a clearly emotional and distressed state, Cllr Digney explained;

"I called the council offices regarding a matter relating to a constituent for whom I am acting and the receptionist, who sounded quite anxious, asked me if I was OK, to which I replied yes.

"She further enquired about my well-being and whereabouts and when I asked was anything the matter, she explained that she had just received a call from someone purporting to be holding a gun to my head, in my own home, and about to pull the trigger. Obviously I was shocked at this news, as was the poor woman who had taken the call."

Commenting on the threat North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay added:

"In recent weeks there appears to have been an escalation in these types of threats being made against Sinn Fein representatives in this area. Although no-one as yet has claimed responsibility for this, it is clear that those issuing these threats have nothing to offer our communities and will not deter Sinn Féin from pursing our objectives of Irish Unity." Críoch

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