Security alert at Sinn Fein HQ in Derry

British Army Technical Officers use a robot to check a suspect package at the entrance to Sinn Fein offices at Rathmor on Saturday night. DER0915MC133

British Army Technical Officers use a robot to check a suspect package at the entrance to Sinn Fein offices at Rathmor on Saturday night. DER0915MC133

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A security alert has been sparked at the Sinn Fein headquarters in Derry, where the party has been holding its Ard Fheis.

Police are in attendance at a security alert at Rathmore Complex, following the discovery of a suspicious object.

The republican party has held its Ard Fheis in the city for the first time ever. Party leader Gerry Adams said that the party intends to lead the next Irish government.

During his presidential address, which closed the Sinn Féin conference in Derry, he said: “Sinn Féin wants a mandate for government. I believe we can win that mandate. Sinn Féin will not prop up either a Fine Gael or a Fianna Fáil government. Sinn Féin wants to lead the next government.”

After the Ard Fheis police sealed off an area around the party’s Derry HQ in Creggan, as a robot examined a suspect device.