Senior republican figure Bobby Storey under threat from 'criminal elements'
A second senior republican has been told by police he is under threat from "criminal elements".
Sinn Fein has said Bobby Storey is the latest member of the party to be threatened in recent days.
The threats come after the homes of both Gerry Adams and Mr Storey were attacked with explosive devices in July.
Pat Sheehan, Sinn Fein MLA for west Belfast said: “The PSNI came to Bobby’s home on Sunday night and told him that he was under threat by criminal elements. They relayed an almost identical message to me just two days previously.
“These threats are clearly not isolated and follow a sustained campaign which is aimed at intimidating republicans who dare to confront and stand up to these criminals.
“There was a shot fired through my constituency office window a number of weeks ago, there has been an ongoing graffiti campaign and, of course, the homes of Bobby Storey and Gerry Adams were attacked back in July.”
However, the West Belfast MLA and former hunger striker insisted that republicans would not be deterred by such threats.
“Republicans have been at the forefront of defending communities and opposing repression, injustice and occupation for decades,” he added.
“We have been through much worse than this so if these criminal elements think they can intimidate republicans through faceless threats or cowardly attacks, they are very much mistaken.
“We will continue to confront them and expose their activities at every opportunity until they get off the backs of this community.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital