The threat is understood to have come from loyalists aligned to Andre and Ihab Shoukri, who were expelled from the mainstream UDA earlier this year. Ms de Baroid is one of the Republic�s most senior civil servants to be stationed in Northern Ireland and is a member of the North/South Ministerial Council. She regularly meets senior loyalist and republican community leaders in working-class areas across the north. However, it is understood that she was informed in recent weeks that dissident loyalists were actively targeting her.
Hat Tip to bemused (even if he was on a ‘Red Card’) and mayoman.
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