The UDA in north Antrim have issued a public threat to Sinn Féin Councillor Oliver McMullan through a local newspaper after he highlighted a sectarian incident in Bushmills.
Before Christmas loyalists attacked Catholic school children at an outdoor pursuits centre in Bushmills. McMullan highlighted this incident, which was reported in Republican News and elsewhere.
Recently, a statement was issued to a local Ballymoney newspaper from the UDA and was published in full.
``The statement is a clear threat to Cllr. McMullan and we are taking it very seriously,'' said a colleague of Mr McMullan, Sinn Féin Assembly member Philip McGuigan.
``I am calling upon unionist politicians in North Antrim to speak out against this threat and make it clear to the UDA that they do not endorse this sort of blatant intimidation.
``Sinn Féin will continue to represent people in North Antrim and elsewhere and we will not allow ourselves to be intimidated by this sort of naked sectarianism from unionist paramilitary gangs.''