Sinn Fein Comes Under Dissident Threat

Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill has been warned of planned attacks against herself and party colleague Gerry Kelly by dissident republicans.

Northern Ireland's deputy First Minister was informed by the PSNI of intelligence pointing to attacks targeting her and Gerry Kelly MLA, the party's policing spokesperson.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Ms O'Neill said the party was made aware of the threat today, one week after she and Mr Kelly attended a PSNI recruitment event.

Speaking at Parliament Buildings, the Mid Ulster MLA representative issued a message of resilience: "I have been told by police that dissident republicans are planning attacks on myself and my colleague Gerry Kelly.

"I will not be deterred from carrying out my work as a representative of the people and as Joint Head of Government.

"Sinn Féin will not be deterred. We will continue to pursue our objective of a united Ireland while building a civic, accountable representative policing service, which polices with the community.

"These armed groups have nothing to offer. It's time they packed up and disbanded."

The warning comes amid a time of significant gains for the party in the Irish general election.

Ms O'Neill added: "This comes in the same week as over 500,000 people have supported Sinn Féin's agenda for change.

"The debate on Irish unity is centre stage.

"It is against this backdrop that so-called Republicans are planning attacks on Sinn Féin.

"These people have no politics, no strategy and nothing to offer. They are at war with their community and are now threatening political representatives who serve the people."


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