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Deep concern that Derry GAA fraternity being targeted by Loyalists

23 April, 2007

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness has expressed deep concern at the targeting of prominent figures within the Derry GAA fraternity after 3 people were visited by the PSNI and informed of a significant and real threat to their lives from unionist paramilitaries.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Given the history of Loyalists across Derry targeting the GAA community this comes as another very worrying development against a backdrop of over 100 people being warned that their details were in the hands of Loyalists.

"This area is no stranger to the singling out of GAA members, not least with the very serious concerns about the police approach to the murder of Sean Brown.

"In recent days I have listened with interest to PUP leader Dawn Purvis and the speculation about the UVF. However, the UVF have to take themselves out of the equation.

"We have just come through an important election and it is clear that the people have spoken and declared for peace. We are on the threshold of new political institutions and this type of activity is totally inconsistent with the needs and expectations of our entire community.

"I have raised this issue directly with the Irish government. We need to see an end to collusion once and for all." ENDS

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