12/03/2020

Bullet Posted To Sinn Fein Councillor

A bullet has been posted through the letterbox of a Sinn Fein Councillor in Co Antrim, sparking condemnation from the party.

Glenavy representative Gary McCleave was at home with his wife and young children when the act was carried out on Wednesday night, 11 March.

South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney said the Cllr will "not be deterred" by the intimidation, which comes in the wake of threatened attacks on senior members of the party.

"Gary will continue to carry out his duties on behalf of the people who elected him without fear or favour," Mr Kearney said.

"The cowards responsible for this act of intimidation have no politics. They are clearly in conflict with their own community.
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"This is the latest in a series of despicable threats and attacks against Sinn Féin activists and elected representatives at a time when the debate on Irish unity is centre stage.

"There is absolutely no justification for these actions, those responsible should get off the backs of ordinary people.

"I am saying very clearly that anyone with information on these threats and attacks, including now that against Gary McCleave, to immediately contact the PSNI."

Threats of planned dissident republican attacks against deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill and her colleague Gerry Kelly were issued last month after they attended a PSNI recruitment event.

Recent weeks have also seen west Belfast MLA and Speaker of the NI Assembly Alex Maskey informed by police of planned attacks against him.



(JG/CM)

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