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Sinn Féin Assembly member receives death threat

2 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Philip McGuigan was last night visited by members of the PSNI and informed that a death threat containing a bullet addressed to him had been intercepted by Post Office workers in Mallusk. The PSNI also claimed that the bullet and threat were one of up to a dozen intercepted.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Over the past number of years unionist paramilitaries have left a bomb at my home and issued numerous death threats against myself and my young family. Many unionist politicians and paramilitaries are openly hostile to the fact that Sinn Féin won an Assembly seat in this area at the last election. This includes the local MP Ian Paisley.

"In the past when my own home has been attacked or that of party colleagues in Ballymena and elsewhere in North Antrim Ian Paisley has remained silent. For nationalists and republicans living in North Antrim this silence says much.

"Sinn Féin elected representatives and party activists have over the past thirty years paid a heavy price for representing our constituents and refusing to allow the demand for Irish Unity and Independence to be denied by a mixture of British state repression and state sponsored murder. We will not allow this latest series of threats and attacks to stop the growth of Sinn Féin and the republican project in North Antrim or anywhere else." ENDS

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