Sinn Fein tightens security around Adams after death threat
Published 08/02/2010 | 05:00
SECURITY has been stepped up around Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams after a death threat was issued against him.
The PSNI has informed Mr Adams that the threat level against him is "very high".
"We are taking these threats very seriously," a Sinn Fein spokesman said in a statement yesterday.
"However, these death threats will not distract the party or the party president from carrying out their responsibilities and seeking to advance the peace process," the statement added.
Sinn Fein maintains tight security around Mr Adams, who was shot and injured by loyalist paramilitaries in 1984.
Republican dissident groups opposed to Sinn Fein's decision to enter the power-sharing executive have been behind the recent increase in sporadic violence in the North.
The Sinn Fein spokesman said that the party could not say where the threat came from but confirmed that, in the past, it had received threats from both loyalists and dissident republicans.
Northern Ireland Security Minister Paul Goggins informed Mr Adams of the threat level during recent talks at Hillsborough.
A spokeswoman for the PSNI said its policy was never to comment on the security of individuals.