THERE has been widespread condemnation of the latest plot to kill Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness.
The Deputy First Minister and former IRA leader has been told of a plot by the Continuity IRA to assassinate him using an RPG7.
Republicans in Derry and around Ireland have condemned the tiny splinter group.
“I will not be silenced or deterred,” said the Sinn Féin MLA.
“These people are only interested in plunging us back into the past. If those behind this threat think they have the ability to destroy the peace agreements which have been endorsed by the overwhelming majority of the people of Ireland then they are clearly detached from reality.
“They need to wise up, listen to the people of Ireland and abandon these futile actions. This threat will not stop me or anyone in Sinn Féin from our work in representing everyone in our society and continuing to pursue our political objectives.”
The Continuity IRA is the armed wing of Republican Sinn Féin which has very little support in Derry.
Their plot has provoked fury amongst republicans across Ireland.
Strabane-based Sinn Féin political advisor John McDermott said: “Martin McGuinness is the hardest working Republican I know.Those sitting on bar stools plotting to attack him couldnt lace his shoes.”
Fellow Derry MLA Raymond McCartney said McGuinness would be “undeterred and will be at his life’s work, yesterday, today and tomorrow”.
Ryan McCrory, a member of the party’s young wing from Beechmount in west Belfast hit out: “The self proclaimed Republicans responsible for threat on Martin McGuinness need to come forward to explain their rational….futile and pathetic.”
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams – who has also been the subject of dissident micro-group threats – said the threats would not break peace agreements nor deter those who brought them about.
He also tweeted: “Je Suis Martin.”
A small number of dissident supporters did post on social media sites with diatribes against McGuinness.
Some posted pictures of the veteran Derry politician with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.