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Murder Bid On Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Butler

6 December, 2003

Lagan Valley Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Butler has said that he is in no doubt that loyalists were behind the gun attack on his West Belfast home last night. Cllr. Butler's home which is within sight of Woodbourne PSNI Barracks was hit by at least three shots late last night.

Cllr. Butler said:

"Last night's attack was a murder attempt, not just on me, but on my partner and children. I was not at home at the time but a young child was in the living room when the shots hit the window. Thankfully the security glass prevented the shots entering the house.

"This is the second attack on my home in recent months. The last time an incendiary device was thrown at the front of the house. It must also be said that all of this has taken place directly under cameras on Woodbourne PSNI Barracks. After the last attack the PSNI claimed that they had turned the cameras off. I suspect that I will hear the same response this time as well.

"The UDA have been involved in a long running campaign against myself and my colleagues who sit on Lisburn Council. They will not however succeed in intimidating Sinn Féin from representing our growing constituency in Lagan Valley and they will not succeed in deterring us from highlighting their ongoing activities." ENDS

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