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Sinn Féin Councillor receives death threat

2 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Ballymena Councillor Monica Digney has received a death threat which was delivered to Ballymena Borough Council.

Speaking today Councillor Digney said:

"I have been made aware of a postcard which was delivered to the Ballymena Borough Council offices carrying a threat to my life.

"I take all such threats extremely seriously given that Ballymena has been a hotbed of sectarianism and loyalist thuggery over the years, and more recently with the brutal sectarian murder of young Michael McIlveen.

"I call upon my colleagues in Ballymena Council to stand with me and face down the threats which have been made.

"I am very proud to have been the first Sinn Féin Councillor elected to Ballymena Council and will not allow this death threat to hinder me from the work I have been elected to do. Sinn Féin elected representatives have never allowed threats or intimidation to prevent us from highlighting inequality or discrimination and pressing ahead with our vision of a united and independent country." ENDS

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