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Loyalists' threat to kill won't stop me, vows SF's Molloy

By Chris McCullough

Published 31/08/2015

Defiant: Francie Molloy
Defiant: Francie Molloy

Sinn Fein has said "imminent death threat" from a loyalist terror group to its Mid Ulster MP will not stop him working for all his constituents.

Francie Molloy said police visited his home early on Saturday morning with the warning.

"They called around 2am with intelligence relating to an attack by a loyalist paramilitary organisation on me or my home," he added. "I was surprised at this type of thing - it's concerning.

"I pride myself in representing all sides of the community here in Mid Ulster, and I won't be deterred from doing that. It doesn't matter whether it's nationalists, republicans, unionists or loyalists, if someone comes to me looking for help, I will help them and I will work on their behalf.

"It would look as though this relates to events of the last couple of weeks."

Sandra Overend, Ulster Unionist MLA for Mid Ulster, condemned the death threat.

"There is no excuse now, nor was there any excuse in the past, for violence or the threat of violence," she said.

"Although many will disagree with Francie Molloy's politics, it is totally unacceptable to threaten to attack an elected representative, or anyone else for that matter."

Mickey Brady, a Sinn Fein MP who has been on in the receiving en of death threats in the past, urged anyone with information to come forward so the police could bring to justice "those who are intent on taking us backwards".

Mr Brady said: "The PSNI visited the home of Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy in the early hours of the morning and informed him of an imminent threat to his life from unionist paramilitaries.

"This is the latest in a line of recent threats towards our representatives and members.

"While Sinn Fein and Francie Molloy are taking these threats seriously, they will not deter us from carrying out our work for all of the people in our constituencies.

"I would appeal to anyone who has any information to bring it forward to the PSNI so that those who are intent in taking us backward are brought to justice."

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