Ireland Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill says PSNI has intelligence about planned attack on her by dissident republicans
Quinn family ‘lives in hope’ of seeing murderers jailed
Paul Quinn’s mother Breege said she had been fighting for justice for her son since he was killed 13 years ago.No-one has ever been charged with Paul’s murder despite an ongoing cross-border police operation. The Quinn family blame members of the IRA, but Sinn Fein has long denied republican involvement and called for anyone with information to go to police. Paul’s mother Breege Quinn told the PA news agency that she believed most people in Sinn Fein knew who was responsible, adding that she had strong suspicions she knew too.
DEPUTY LEADER OF Sinn Féin, Michelle O’Neill, said she has been made aware of a planned attack on her and MLA Gerry Kelly from dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.
O’Neill, who is leader of the party in the North, said the PSNI has gathered evidence of a plot against her and her party colleague in recent weeks.
“I have been told by the PSNI that they have intelligence that dissident republicans are planning an attack against myself and Gerry Kelly,” she said.
PSNI investigate dissident republican bomb plot on Brexit Day after explosive found on lorry
That explosive device was subsequently made safe by explosive experts. “It is clear from the information available to police that dissident republicans deliberately and recklessly attached an explosive device to a heavy goods vehicle in the full knowledge and expectation that it would put the driver of that vehicle, road users and the wider public at serious risk of injury and possible death,” Detective Superintendent Sean Wright of the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit said today.
“The backdrop to all of this is that over 500,000 people have voted for Sinn Féin, voted for change, voted for Irish unity, in the recent elections. These people have nothing to offer society.
“These people clearly have intent to attack myself and Gerry’s families. We also are aware that this comes on the back of both myself and Gerry attending the PSNI recruitment fair last week.
“So let me be very clear, dissident republicans have no strategy, they have no plan, they have no progress towards Irish unity and I think this attack, or this intelligence, comes at a time where we have a backdrop where we have never been closer to Irish unity.”
O’Neill has, over the past number of days been touring the count centres in Ireland where Sinn Féin candidates have been making gains.
Quinns now want Adams to apologise for remarks
Quinns now want Adams to apologise for remarksSinn Féin's treatment of the Quinn family has become a major controversy in the closing days of the election campaign after Ms McDonald was confronted on the issue on RTÉ earlier this week. Mr Quinn was beaten to death in 2007. Every major bone in his body was broken in the horrific attack by a gang that's believed to have included members of the IRA.
The party had a record success in last Saturday’s general election and is set to engage in talks with other party leaders in the coming days.
“I want to bring about a unified Ireland, one that has civic policing at its core. One that has a representative policing service and I will not be deterred. Gerry Kelly will not be deterred and Sinn Féin will not be deterred trying to build a better society,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill said she could not divulge further any information about what that planned attack might look like and said she was only made aware of this today.
“We’ve been informed of this today and of course we have to take personal precautions. We have families, I have two children, I have a mother who will be very worried. Gerry has a family who also will be very worried, so we have to protect our families.
Well hello Mary Lou, goodbye two-party politics
All changed, changed utterly. The words of the poet WB Yeats in the wake of Ireland's uprising against British rule in 1916. They could equally apply to the general election that has just taken place, producing something of a political revolution.For generations, Ireland has been a two-party state - governed by either Fianna Fail or Fine Gael - but there's a third contender now: Sinn Fein.The party long seen by many as "the political wing of the IRA" has come of age, now fighting its battles at the ballot box.
“But we have a job to do, we are elected, we have a mandate. We want to build a better society and we will not be deterred by people who do not have a strategy to move forward in terms of the Irish republican project.”
DUP leader Arlene Foster also condemned the planned attacks in a statement.
“We live in a democracy,” she said. “The ballot box is how we effect change, not through the bomb or bullet. Whether in 1970, 1980, 1990 or 2020, violence from every hue must be condemned. There is no place for threats or violence.”
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood also weighed in on the planned attack saying the threats were “an attack not just on one party but on the peace we’ve all fought for”.
The threats againstColum Eastwood (@columeastwood) and are an attack not just on one party but on the peace we've all fought for. Those behind it are setting themselves against the Irish people and they will never win. My thoughts are with Michelle, Gerry and their families today.
“Those behind it are setting themselves against the Irish people and they will never win. My thoughts are with Michelle, Gerry and their families today.”
New IRA planning car bomb attack on a Sinn Féin member, O'Neill warns .
“We have been told this planned attack could happen anywhere in the north,” deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill said.Michelle O’Neill said she had been advised of the threat by police in Northern Ireland.