Gerry Adams says that an attempt by dissidents to murder him was aborted because of his own security arrangements.
Police went to his home in the last few days to alert him that a possible shooting was being planned. The Sinn Féin President believes the threat was because of internal party discussions over whether to publicly endorse the PSNI.
The PSNI warning said: “Dissident republicans recently discussed mounting an attack, possibly a shooting, on Gerry Adams, but discounted such a plan due to Adams’ security arrangements. You are advised to seek advice on and take steps to protect your personal security.”
Sinn Féin members Gerry Kelly and Martin McGuinness have already been told that they were being targeted.
“This has become more serious as a debate within Sinn Féin has opened up on the issue of ending political policing. We believe that there is now an active threat to senior members of the Sinn Féin leadership and we are taking this matter seriously,” said Adams.
It is the second time in just over a month that Adams has been warned that his life is in danger.