This mornings Irish News has revealed that two elderly loyalist community workers in East Belfast have received threats from dissident groupings
“It is disgraceful that two elderly community workers have been threatened by republicans. This is the latest attempt to heighten tensions in this area.
“This comes after false allegations linked the east Belfast UVF to a threat against catholic families and now we have loyalist community workers being threatened, presumably by way of some kind of misplaced retaliation.
“We maintain that there is a sinister agenda behind all of this and it is our belief that Sinn Fein must now justify their bogus allegations of loyalist threats which has created the situation in which groups within the republican community are now threatening loyalists.
“We would expect unequivocal condemnation of this intimidation directed towards two loyalist pensioners and hope that political representatives would urgently contact the PSNI on behalf of the two men to establish the origins of this threat.”