Time for RAAD to disband - McCartney

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney
Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney
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Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney has called on vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) to disband.

The Foyle MLA says the group’s rationale is “is redundant and it has created nothing but grief in the community.”

Yesterday, the group claimed responsibility for the murder of Derry man Andrew Allen, killed two weeks ago in Buncrana.

In a statement to the Derry Journal the vigilant group claimed that its Donegal unit carried out the killing, claiming Mr Allen was a “death dealer and career criminal” who was “warned to cease his activities five to six months ago but refused to do so.”

And in a further chilling threat, RAAD claimed Mr Allen was on a list of six men “who will be facing the ultimate sanction in the near future”.

The group urged anyone involved in drug dealing to take advantage of their “amnesty”.

Mr McCartney says the group lack community support.

The rationale being put forward by this gang for its existence is redundant and it has created nothing but grief in the community. Contrary to what this pseudo group claims there is no measurable support in the community for their actions,” he says.

“As was witnessed by the large attendance at the rally in the Top of the Hill last Saturday the people are demanding that you cease your activities and disband. All of your actions are anathema to the republican ethos and the use of a republican pseudonym besmirches a proud tradition.

“I appeal to those within RAAD who mistakenly believe that they are acting in the best interest of the people of Derry or harbour any affinity to republicanism to take the only credible step open to them and walk away now,” he added.