Police probe bonfire death threat

Published Monday, 14 July 2014
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A Ballycastle councillor has said he was visited by police warning him of a death threat placed on an Eleventh night bonfire.

Police probe bonfire death threat
The police are investigating the incident. (© Pacemaker)

A banner with the words "Padraig McShane dead man" was placed on the Dervock fire before it was lit on Friday.

The independent councillor for Moyle District Council has been vocal over the past week over the placing of a Union flag in the grounds of a Catholic church in the town.

He said: "It is beyond time when an honest and forthright appraisal of the Orange Institution was had.

"Vague babbling about tolerance and a shared future from constitutional parties on the positive contributions of the order smacks of moral grandeur and must also be challenged.

"Even the most fervent of believers should acknowledge the hate fest that continues to be promoted under the banner of culture is detrimental to a future for all on the island."

A spokesman for the Orange Order responded: "We understand Mr McShane's distress as the display of such a banner is wholly inappropriate.

"However, he chooses to ignore the fact that the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland does not organise bonfires, and therefore to make such claims are ludicrous and only serve to heighten tensions.

"The Institution is on record this summer of urging organisers of bonfires to act responsibly and has also categorically condemned the burning of effigies and electoral posters.

"We would expect a similar tone and attitude from Mr McShane regarding the weekend attack and hate crime on the Orange hall in Ballycastle."

Police said they were aware of a report of a banner placed on the Dervock bonfire and are investigating.

A spokeswoman added: "We do not discuss threats or the security of any individual or group and no inference should be drawn from this.

"Where information is received, appropriate steps are taken to inform those concerned. We never ignore anything that would put a person at risk."

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3 Comments
Larne in Larne wrote (8 days ago):
Culture**
Ger in Lurgan wrote (8 days ago):
I think once again the spokesman from the orange order has missed the point. A threat to a persons life is hardly comparable to an attack on an orange hall. Although they are both wrong, in terms of seriousness it is hardly valid to equate a threat to a person's life with an attack on a building.
sean in belfast wrote (8 days ago):
Sure its there kulture!!!
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