Dissident republicans in Derry have threatened to kill Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Mc McGuinness said he was contacted by a senior PSNI officer on Wednesday night who informed his of a “real and active” threat against his life.
The Deputy First Minister said the threat was linked to his condemnation of the attempted mortar attack in the city on Sunday evening.
“Last night I was visited at home by the PSNI who informed me of a real and active threat against me from a dissident group in Derry. They linked the threat to my condemnation of the recent attempted mortar attack in the city and other remarks made in support of the PSNI.
“Both myself and the PSNI are taking this threat seriously,” he said.
Mr McGuinness insisted however that he will not be deterred by threats. “There are times when in political leadership staying silent is not an option and I will not be silenced by threats like this. I will defend the peace process from attack from whatever quarter, be it these groups or the loyalist flag protesters over recent months.
“It says much about the mentality of those controlling groups like the one behind the threat that in their warped logic threatening Irish Republicans and their families somehow advances the cause of Irish reunification.
“I am very sure of the ground I stand on. I am also very sure that it is the path shared by Republicans across this island genuinely interested in building a new agreed Ireland, Republicans who put Ireland before ego, criminality and self gain,” he said.