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Minister warned of attempted murder plot

2 December, 2008

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy has revealed that the PSNI have advised him that a unionist paramilitary gang attempted to murder him over the weekend.

Mr Murphy said:

"I was informed last night by the PSNI that a unionist paramilitary gang calling itself the Orange Volunteers are claiming to have carried out a murder attempt on myself over the weekend in the Newry area.

"This information follows on from a number of pipe bombs left in the Cookstown area claimed by the same gang, one adjacent to the home of party colleague Councillor John McNamee.

"Sinn Féin are obviously taking these events seriously. But we will not allow reactionary unionist elements to deflect us from our work in representing people and driving forward the United Ireland agenda.

"What we do need to hear now is strong words and actions from unionist political leaders in the face of what are clearly attempts to attack the political process from elements within their community." ENDS

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