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Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff reports 'death threat' on Facebook

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff
Brendan Hughes

SINN Féin's West Tyrone MP has said he has reported to police a "death threat" he received on Facebook.

Barry McElduff said he was sent the social media message on Sunday and described it as "sinister".

It was posted after he uploaded a video to support a weekend commemoration in Strabane for IRA members.

Mr McElduff said: "I have reported this threat to the PSNI and urge them to take appropriate action."

Speaking to The Irish News, he said "no-one should have to accept this as some type of social norm".

"As an Irish republican, I have a view on the past. There are different narratives on the past and I am prepared to debate that with anyone, but I don't expect death threats to follow," he said.

Mr McElduff was elected to Westminster earlier this year after representing Sinn Féin in local government and Stormont politics.

A PSNI spokesman said police "do not discuss the security of individuals".

"However, if we receive information that a person's life may be at risk we will inform them accordingly," he said.

"We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk."

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