New mayor Finucane will not be deterred by threat
Sinn Féin Ard Mhéara of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane has said he will not be deterred after the PSNI warned him that loyalists were planning to attack him in his family home.
Speaking after being told of the threat against him, John Finucane said:
“Last night the PSNI came to my home to tell me of a threat by loyalists to attack me in my family home.
“I am committed to serving and representing all the people of this city and I will not be deterred from that by threats from anyone.
“This is not just a threat against me but it is also a threat against democracy.”
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said:
“This reprehensible threat against John Finucane has to be condemned.
“The reference to his family home was clearly deliberate, given this is where his father was murdered by loyalists.
“It is a cowardly attempt to intimidate the newly-elected first citizen of Belfast. And while this must be a very traumatic experience for John and his family, I know that he will not be deterred from representing everyone as Ard Mhéara.”