[Sinn Fein]

6 December 1997

Nationalist Vigilance Urged

Sinn Fein constituency representative for north Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has described last night's murder of a catholic man at St. Enda's GAA Club in Glengormley as one which bears all the hallmarks of a sectarian attack.

Urging nationalists to be extremely vigilant in the days ahead Mr. Kelly said:

``From the information we have gleaned it would seem that the club committee was sufficiently worried about the possibility of a loyalist attack that security on the premises was upgraded a number of weeks ago. It is known that Mr. Devlin who was club chairperson was not politically aligned.

``It had been feared that loyalist murder gangs which have recently been feuding would attempt to divert attention from their internal difficulties by targeting Catholics. Our suspicion is that such fears have been borne out. At a time when expectations with regard to building the peace are high this attack must be viewed as particularly sinister.

``In extending my deepest sympathy to Mr. Devlin's wife and family I would appeal to nationalists to remain calm and extremely vigilant in the days ahead.''

Sinn Fein Press Office, 44 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Tel: +353-1-8726100 and +353-1-8726839   ·   Fax +353-1-8733074
E-mail: sinnfein@irlnet.com   ·   Website: http://www.sinnfein.org

Released in the US by:

Friends of Sinn Fein, 510 C Street, NE, Washington DC 20002
Tel: +1-202-547-8883   ·   Fax +1-202-547-7889
E-mail: fosf@irlnet.com   ·   Website: http://www.sinnfein.org

Sinn Fein   ·   Sinn Fein Documents
Web publication by sfweb@irlnet.com