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First Minister threatened by South East Antrim UDA


Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has been informed by the PSNI of a threat made against her by the South East Antrim UDA.


Commenting she said, "This threat appears to have been issued because of my support for the Quinn family a year on from the brutal murder of Glenn Quinn. My thoughts and support remains with the Quinn family who have so bravely stood up to continued intimidation. This threat is simply reflection of what an innocent family have faced for so long now.


“There must be no place for such behaviour in any free society and we all must stand against those criminal gangs which continue to operate within our community.”


DUP Home Affairs Spokesperson Gavin Robinson added, “I first engaged with the Quinn family last year and continue to support them against the threats they have faced.


“Everyone will stand with the First Minister and particularly with the Quinn family in the face of such threats. It is important that we all continue to shine a light on such groups who exist for nothing more than their own criminal purposes."


Deputy First Minister commented on

the threat saying: “The threats made against Arlene Foster by the UDA are a despicable attack on democracy.


“The UDA are a reckless criminal gang that have absolutely no place in our society.


“The PSNI must do all in its power to put these gangs out of business once and for all.”


DUP party colleague Sammy Wilson stated his support for the First Minister: “This threat against Arlene is repugnant.


“An organisation of criminal thugs threating the First Minister of NI for having the tenacity to support the Quinn family in their search for justice.


“The community in Carrick rejects this behaviour and stands behind the family and Arlene.”



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