Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey says a threat by a republican group against businesses who serve PSNI officers is “wrong and not acceptable”.
The Sinn Fein man was speaking after Óglaigh na hÉireann made a claim to local media stating they were responsible for the shooting of a 22-year-old man in Dungiven last week.
The man was abducted in Derry on the evening of 19th October and driven 18 miles to Dungiven where he was shot in the leg, and found crawling along the road by a walker.
Colr. McGlinchey said “the vast majority of the community have moved on and accepted the PSNI”. He said he’s seen PSNI officers being served in businesses in Limavady and Dungiven, and no-one has ever complained to him.
“I am a former political prisoner, and I am an elected political representative. No one has ever come to me to complain about police being served in restaurants or shops,” said Colr. McGlinchey.
“We are in a different age now than 30 years ago. People, for whatever reason, who do not want to be part of the peace process have to find some other way to air their differences. This threat against police officers is not acceptable. It’s wrong.”
No one has ever come to me to complain about police being served in restaurants or shops.Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey
The Police Federation for Northern Ireland condemned the threat and said it “won’t prevent officers from doing their work on behalf of the entire community”.
“Those behind the threats are a throwback to an era that, thankfully, is long since past,” added the Police Federation spokesperson.