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Lord Mayor ‘will not be deterred by threat’

John Finucane said he will not be deterred. Credit: Pacemaker

Belfast’s new Lord Mayor has said threats will not deter him from doing his job.

Sinn Féin politician John Finucane took up the post on Tuesday evening.

He said he was later visited by the PSNI, who warned him that loyalists were planning “to attack me in my family home”.

Mr Finucane went on: “I am committed to serving and representing all the people of this city and I will not be deterred from that by threats from anyone.

“This is not just a threat against me but it is also a threat against democracy.”

John Finucane is the son of the solicitor Pat Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalists during the Troubles.

In a statement, the PSNI said it does not discuss the security of any individual.

“However, if we receive information that a person’s life may be at risk, we will inform them accordingly,” it went on.

“We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk.”