East Derry candidate sent sympathy card with message ‘REAL UFF’

The card sent to Sinn F�in Westminster candidate for East Derry Caoimhe Archibald.
The card sent to Sinn F�in Westminster candidate for East Derry Caoimhe Archibald.

Sinn Féin Westminster candidate for East Derry Caoimhe Archibald has received a death threat from a group styling itself the Real UFF.

The threat came in the post on a sympathy card to Ms Archibald’s home in Coleraine.

Caoimhe Archibald, Sinn Ffein

Caoimhe Archibald, Sinn Ffein

Speaking about the incident, the 34-year-old research scientist said: “This threat was sent by post to my home. Inside the sympathy card was stencilled the message ‘Real UFF’.

“This is a worrying development given the upsurge of UFF activity in the East Derry and North Antrim areas. This is another group of people who are intent on dragging us back to the past.

“We are taking this threat very seriously, and my party colleagues and I will be meeting with senior PSNI officers later today to discuss this threat.

“Neither I, nor any of my Sinn Féin colleagues, will be deterred from carrying out our work on behalf of all sections of our community.”

It is understood Ms Archibald is set to meet police about the incident.

A PSNI spokesman said: “We do not comment on the personal security of individuals, however, where we believe that someone needs to review their security we take steps to inform them immediately. We never ignore anything that would put someone at risk.”

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey spoke with his colleague earlier about the incident, which he described as “sinister”.

Caoimhe is determined to continue her career in politics, and the party fully supports her in doing that,” said Colr. McGlinchey. “This is a sinister incident and it has to be taken seriously, especially given the recent activity of this group. I would appeal for common sense at this time, and for groups to learn to work with each other and respect each other.”