Threat against community worker

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A Sinn Fein MLA has said a death threat against a Creggan community worker may have been exaggerated.

It is not known which organisation issued the threat against Sean McMonagle but he has been threatened by Republican Action Action Against Drugs in the past.

Foyle Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney this morning said the threat may have been exaggerated, but said any threat against Mr McMonagle must be withdrawn.

“It is beyond belief that any group or organisation would take it upon themselves to threaten the life and safety of someone who has dedicated himself to the betterment of living conditions and quality of life of those he lives among.

“I call on the people of Creggan, Community leaders, business people and all people of good will who want to see us build a better future for all our children and grandchildren to make their voices heard in support of Sean and his family.

“To whoever issued this threat, I call on you to identify yourself and to unequivocally lift this threat immediately. If you have a problem with anyone in our community be it a public representative, community worker or an individual then show a little courage and approach us instead of making veiled threats from the cover of anonymity,” he said.

Local communnity leaders also called for the threat against Mr McMonagle to be lifted. “There is no place in our community for death threats against Sean McMonagle or anyone else. We call on the armed groups wioperating within our community to make a public ststement and lift this threat against Sean McMonagle,” a joint statement said.