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Calls for Loyalist threats to be lifted

13 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Fermanagh Councillor Thomas O' Reilly has called on unionist and loyalist politicians, community and church leaders to use their influence after threats from a group claiming to represent 'Loyalists against the pan nationalist front' and signed off as from the Red Hand Defenders were made against a number of named Sinn Fein members.

A brick was thrown through a window of the Sinn Féin offices in Lisnaskea that were damaged in a recent fire. In a note a threat was made against three named individuals (including elected representatives) and against all Sinn Fein members and supporters. Three bullets were included in the package.

Cllr O' Reilly said:

"This is obviously very worrying. Less than two weeks ago the offices in Lisnaskea were badly damaged in a fire and now there is this threat against a three named individuals and the wider nationalist republican community in this area.

"There is a clear responsibility on local politicians, community and church leaders to use their influence within the unionist/loyalist community to come out against all sectarian threats or attacks. They must use their influence to have these threats lifted and to challenge sectarian attitudes within the community they represent." ENDS

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