MP condemns ‘cowardly’ bomb threat

January 12, 2015

A warning that a bomb had been left at the home of Newry and Armagh MP, Conor Murphy, sparked a security alert on Thursday.

Police contacted Mr Murphy in the early hours of the morning, informing him of a report received that an explosive device had been planted at his home on the outskirts of Camlough.

The Sinn Féin MP and his family were forced to vacate the property while police carried out an initial search.  Officers maintained a presence at the house until daylight when a further check of the area was conducted, however, nothing untoward was found in either search and it was later declared the threat a hoax.

Branding those behind the incident as “cowardly”, Mr Murphy says he won’t be deterred from his work representing the people of the area.

“This threat against myself and my family is cowardly and wrong.  Neither I, nor any of my Sinn Féin colleagues, will be deterred by these threats and I will continue to represent the people of Newry and Armagh,” he said.

Mr Murphy’s home has been targeted in the past.  In 2009, two cars belonging to the family were firebombed in a deliberate arson attack, which resulted in scorch damage to his home.

Police are investigating this latest incident and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.