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Gerry Adams receives threat from unionist paramilitaries

4 September, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly group leader Conor Murphy has announced that it has now been established that one of the bullets intercepted in the post earlier this week was addressed to the home of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. Mr. Murphy also revealed that a bullet actually reached the home of West Belfast Councillor Paul Maskey.

Mr. Murphy said:

"From the outset Sinn Féin claimed that the posting of bullets to the homes of party activists was the work of unionist paramilitaries. It has now been confirmed that a claim of responsibility has been received by from the Red Hand Defenders. The Red Hand Defenders is of course an often used flag of convenience for the UDA.

"Sinn Féin have also now been able to establish that one of the bullets intercepted in the post was addressed to the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. Another envelope containing a bullet actually arrived at the home of West Belfast Councillor Paul Maskey.

"It is clear that unionist paramilitaries have intensified their ongoing violent campaign over the past number of weeks. Yet despite these threats and the attempt at mass murder in an Ardoyne pub on Thursday night unionist politicians will no doubt continue to focus their attentions on the silent guns of the IRA while ignoring and in some cases justifying ongoing unionist paramilitary attacks on the nationalist community. The hypocrisy of their position is both breathtaking and indeed insulting." ENDS

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