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Councillor threatened in Ballymena Council Chamber

11 April, 2006


Sinn Fein Ballymena Councillor Monica Digney has said that Ballymena Council have serious questions to answer after she was threatened on the floor of the Council Chamber shortly before a full committee meeting of the council last night.

Cllr. Digney said:

"No-one should be threatened because of either their political opinion or religious background. This was a frightening and disturbing incident. It is totally unacceptable that any elected representative should be threatened anywhere, let alone on the floor of the council chamber.

"What was more concerning was that a number of my council colleagues sat by and did nothing. I am also very concerned that my assailant was able to freely enter the council building and the council chamber without being challenged.

"I will be raising this matter with the Council Chief Executive.

"Unionists on Ballymena Council through their behaviour continue to send out a message that republicans and nationalists should not be treated equally and with dignity and respect.

"It is no co-incidence that on councils where unionists refuse to accept power sharing and equality are found in areas where loyalist violence continues to be directed at nationalists and republicans." ENDS

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