New IRA blamed for SDLP’s Sinead McLaughlin office bomb hoax
The New IRA is accused of a hoax bombing an SDLP office in Derry as it targets party MPs ahead of Assembly elections.
Saoradh’s political wing also picketed Justin McNulty’s office in Newry on Thursday night holding banners saying ‘End PSNI harassment’ and ‘Britain out of Ireland’.
In a video of the protest, Saoradh representative Stephen Murney claimed that police in the area harassed members of the group and that MI5 tried to recruit others as agents.
“This action has been taken in response to the party’s continued support for the British occupying forces as they continue to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassment of the Republican community in Newry and beyond,” it said. -he declares.
“In recent weeks, there has been a notable upsurge in state harassment of local Saoradh members, including intimidation, house stalking, and failed attempts to recruit informants by RUC/PSNI and MI5 agents.
“All of this has been well documented, but the SDLP and the rest of the elected representatives of the political parties choose instead to ignore it.”
Mr Murney said the group had planned similar protests in the coming weeks.
Thursday’s protest came just hours after a security alert at Derry MLA Sinead McLaughlin’s office was declared a hoax.
Ms McLaughlin said police informed her of a confidential phone call alerting her to an explosive device left in her office.
The Spencer Road office in the town was evacuated around 5pm, but nothing untoward was found by the police.
“This incident has been very upsetting for my staff who come to work every day to help people in this community with everything from passport applications to PIP calls,” she said.
“No one should have to face this kind of threat in the course of their work.
“While it is deeply unpleasant to be subjected to this, nothing will stop me from continuing my work on behalf of the people of Derry.
“Whether in my career, as a city councilor or an MP, I have often faced obstacles, but I have always overcome them and it will take more than the efforts of a few idiotic thugs to prevent me from working for representing and improving people’s lives. here.”
Party leader and MP for Derry, Colum Eastwood MP, condemned the threat, saying: ‘Elected representatives should be able to carry out their duties without having to worry about threats being made to them.’
Police said investigations into the incident are ongoing and asked anyone who sees suspicious items to report them immediately.