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13 Catholics at one South Derry business told of threats

19 April, 2007

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness this morning met with 13 employees at one South Derry plant who were all visited over the weekend and told that their details were in the hands of unionist paramilitaries.

Speaking after the meeting Mr McGuinness said:

"Over the weekend scores of nationalists and republicans have been visited by the PSNI and informed of a significant and real threat to their lives from unionist paramilitaries. Minimal information has been given to those
visited and this is adding to people's anger and concern.

"Within the past few days I have been contacted by Catholic employees of a prominent firm in the South Derry area and informed that 11 current and 2 former employees had been visited and advised of these threats. This morning I met with the men involved. They are of the firm view that there is a definite link to their information appearing on this list and the plant they are working in.

"It seems far too much of a coincidence that so many Catholics in one firm have been advised to threats. I will now be requesting an urgent meeting with management at the firm to rely to them the very real concerns of
employees that their details were given to unionist paramilitaries by someone within the company.

"We will also continue to raise this matter with the two governments as we seek to gain for those threatened the maximum amount of information to allow them to take adequate security precautions." ENDS

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