Bomb alerts at Sinn Fein and SDLP offices condemned

Those responsible for bomb alerts at Sinn Fein and SDLP constituency offices in Belfast have been condemned.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 7:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 7:55 pm
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 1st September 2017 Sinn Fein's leader in the north Michelle O'Neill leads some of her party colleagues to speak to the press on the Falls Road in west Belfast regarding the ongoing talks and issues with the Northern Ireland Assembly Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The parties were contacted by police following reports that explosive devices may have been thrown at Sinn Fein’s office on Falls Road and left outside the SDLP office in North Belfast.

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said it was “an attack on the entire community”.

“This report is very concerning and I condemn those responsible,” he added.

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“They have nothing to offer society and they bring nothing but disruption to the local area.

“This is an attack on the entire community and an attempt to undermine democracy but it will not succeed.

“Sinn Féin will not be deterred by these types of incidents and will continue to serve the entire community”.

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon MLA has said that the party will not be intimidated or deterred after police searched the area around her North Belfast office following a report of an explosive device this afternoon.

“I want to make it clear that neither I nor my party will be intimidated or deterred by those responsible,” she said.

“We are committed to representing people in North Belfast and in every community across Northern Ireland.”

The police asked for those in the local community to remain vigilant.

PSNI Chief Inspector Peter Brannigan said: “Information was received to suggest devices may have been thrown at an office on Falls Road, Belfast and police are seeking to establish the veracity of this information.

“The local community is asked to be vigilant and report anything out of the ordinary to police.”