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Maskey calls for threats to be lifted

22 October, 2014 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has called for loyalist death threats against a number of men from west Belfast to be lifted. 

Speaking after the threats were issued at the weekend, the West Belfast MP said; 

"I am calling on those loyalists responsible for the death threats against these men from west Belfast to lift them immediately. 

"Two of those named, Tom Hartley and Seánna Walsh, have been engaged with unionists and loyalists for most of the last 20 years of the peace process on a range of topics. 

"Many of these engagements have been in loyalist areas. At no time did either Tom or Seánna encounter any hostility to their presence. 

"In fact, Tom Hartley spoke at an event in east Belfast several weeks ago. 

"These death threats need to be lifted to ensure this essential peace building work can continue in unionist and loyalist areas. 

"I am also calling on loyalists and others from the unionist community to condemn these threats and to use their influence to ensure the work Tom, Seánna and others are engaged in can continue free from threats and intimidation."

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