PUP man says his comment was not meant as threat

A northern Ireland Assembly member, Mr Billy Hutchinson, has said that his remarks of possible loyalist paramilitary attacks on the Republic should a new Anglo-Irish agreement be imposed were not intended as a threat, but rather as objective political analysis.

Mr Hutchinson of the Progressive Unionist Party, which is linked to the Ulster Volunteer Force, said he could understand how his remarks about the possibility of loyalist attacks on tourists and Irish bloodstock could be perceived as a threat, but that was not his intention.

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