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Assembly Speaker Undeterred by Threat

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 06 March 2020

Reference: SO 03/19/20

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey MLA said: “I was visited by the PSNI yesterday and informed that a threat has been received of an imminent attack against me.

 “I note that this threat was received in the week when I announced my intention to use the role of Speaker to represent every side of the Assembly Chamber and to engage with every section of our community. This threat will not deter me from those events or continuing such efforts in the future.”

The Speaker concluded: “As Speaker of the Assembly, I will be clear that intimidation of any elected representative in our democratic institutions is deplorable whether threats of this nature or vile abuse on social media.  It can only be responded to by continuing to work to take our society forward.”

 ENDS

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