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Sinn Fein MLA gets threats on Facebook

By John Mulgrew

Published 23/08/2011

A Sinn Fein MLA says he has been threatened by a loyalist flute band member on a social media website.

North Antrim Assembly Member Daithi McKay has lodged a number of complaints with police over alleged anti-Catholic comments posted on Facebook.

"A member of the Ballymaconnelly band has been making threatening comments towards me and the Catholic community in general on Facebook," he said.

"He made a direct threat towards me in July and that is being investigated by the PSNI."

Police said they were investigating complaints about offensive comments posted on the site on July 27 and August 18.

Mr McKay said the posts contained comments such as "kill all taigs" and "scum in Rasharkin".

"Such comments make it quite clear that the author, in this case a member of the Ballymaconnelly band, is only parading through Rasharkin for sectarian reasons."

The alleged posts were published shortly before the Ballymaconnelly Sons of Conquerors Flute Band passed through the village of Rasharkin on August 19.

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