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Sinn Féin politicians receive death threats

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff.

 
SINN Féin has reported death threats made against some of its members in West Tyrone last week to the police.
 
Sinister calls to both the Sinn Féin  office on James Street in Omagh and also to the home of local Assembly member, Barry McElduff, were made within minutes of each other on Wednesday evening.
 
In one of the brief calls, which was received by local councillor, Stephen McCann, the person warned, “You boys would want to watch yourselves.” 
 
Another accused them of “selling out your country” and said that “blood would be spilled.”
 
Cllr McCann described those responsible as “faceless cowards” and vowed that the party would not be distracted or intimidated from its political aims.
 
“We are taking these threats seriously. But while they’re unnerving to an extent, we’re not going to be distracted from the task at hand for the party,” he said.
 
“Over the years our elected representatives have faced many threats. 
 
“They were not deterred at that time and we won’t be deterred now either.”
 
West Tyrone MLA, Barry McElduff, who was also the subject of a death threat in July 2015, described this latest call as “unpleasant” for him and the members of his family who dealt with the call.
 
“The PSNI are investigating the threat and I am duty bound to take them seriously,” he said.
 
The PSNI declined to confirm whether it was investigating the threats made to the Sinn Féin politicians. 
 
A spokesman said, “If we receive information that a person’s life may be at risk, we will inform the relevant persons accordingly. 
 
“We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk. 
 
“No inference should be drawn from this.” 
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