Bullet and sympathy card sent to MLA

Published Wednesday, 06 March 2013
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South Belfast MLA Conall McDevitt has received a death threat in the post.

Bullet and sympathy card sent to MLA
Conall McDevitt said he will not be deterred by the incident. (© Pacemaker)

The SDLP politician was sent a bullet and sympathy card on Wednesday morning.

It's the latest in a series of threats made to Mr McDevitt since December.

However the MLA said he will not be deterred from his work at Stormont.

"These threats only strengthen my determination that we must work towards a better future for everyone in this region, and will not prevent me from doing the job I have been democratically elected to do," Mr McDevitt insisted.

"The foundations for a new society laid by the Good Friday Agreement will never be undermined by those who seek to drag us back to violence."

South Belfast Alliance MLA, Anna Lo, condemned those responsible.

"I am disgusted that Conall has been targeted in this way," she said. "There can be absolutely no justification for this or any other death threat.

"The targeting of politicians in recent months is an attack on democracy."

Meanwhile a statement from the Policing Board said: "We know that this threat will not deter Conall from his work on behalf of the community but it is nonetheless deeply disturbing that this threat was sent. Our thoughts and support are with Conall and his family at this time."

© UTV News
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11 Comments
Hugh in Belfast wrote (410 days ago):
@Lee, and you know this how exactly? You are nothing more than a troll. Come on here, make an un-substantiated claim then disappear back into your Troll cave.
Vee in Belfast wrote (410 days ago):
Third attempt to send this comment Lee in Belfast: I have yet to see the Unionists politicians getting on with their jobs, something I have not seen in 55 years. If they did get on with their jobs we would not be in the mess we are in now. You only have to look at the carry on of the senior infants throwing tantrums over a flag to see what I mean.
Eamo in Belfast wrote (410 days ago):
Lee in Belfast go live in the fairy tale you are telling as this is rubbish. And for doing the job how much money was wasted on KIA. Stop the lying.
Rab in Belfast wrote (410 days ago):
One of the few political representatives who actually seems to genuinely care about people absolutely disgusting that this man would receive any form of threat i hope these idiots are arrested quickly and put in jail and Lee my advice to you would be to say nothing as you do not seem to say anything constructive in anything you say i have read a number of your comments and the word delusional is the best way to describe them
Peter in Armagh wrote (411 days ago):
Lee in Belfast, you're a liar.
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