Terrorism: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 9th December 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with the Police Service Northern Ireland on threats from loyalist paramilitaries to journalists in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The UK Government condemns any and all threats made towards journalists, and those linked to the journalistic profession, who play a vital role in our society. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regularly engages with the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable on a range of security matters.

Paramilitarism is not and has never been justified. The UK Government is committed to working with the Northern Ireland Executive in their work to tackle paramilitarism. Through the Fresh Start Agreement we have, to date, provided £25 million of match funding to the Executive’s Tackling Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised Crime Programme.

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