By PETE BELL
November 29, 2006
Gerry Adams, leader of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein (the political wing of the IRA terrorist group) has been sent death threats by Loyalists - those allied to the British. This comes just days after Loyalist soldier Michael Stone tried to blow up the Northern Ireland Assembly with bombs strapped to his waist as Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness were inside it.
SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has been warned by police about another threat to his life.
A party spokesman said: "Sinn Fein takes all of the recent threats seriously."
The latest threat comes almost two-and-a-half weeks after it emerged hard line republicans had threatened Mr Adams, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly.
Sinn Fein's confirmation of the threat came just hours after a letter to a Belfast newspaper from the Loyalist Michael Stone said he had planned to kill Mr Adams and Mr McGuinness in the Northern Ireland Assembly last Friday.
Stormont, the Northern Ireland Assembly
Mr Stone was arrested after he tried to launch a bomb attack at Stormont.
A Sinn Fein spokesman said they were aware of the threat from a number of quarters to their leadership - not just from the British but from enemy republicans.
"We are very mindful that there are elements within the British system, within unionism, and some disaffected republicans who are opposed to the Sinn Fein strategy and are prepared to take extreme action to pursue their narrow agenda," he said.
"Sinn Fein will obviously take whatever precautions we can to minimise the danger but we will not be deflected from continuing to do the work we were elected to do."
Hardline republicans opposed to any move by Sinn Fein to endorse the Police Service of Northern Ireland are also believed to have threatened Mr Adams in recent weeks.
Sinn Fein is understood to be concerned that disaffected Provisional IRA members or members of existing dissident republican groups such as the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA are behind the security threats.