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 Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 13:09 GMT
Dispute school priest 'threatened'
Device left at school was defused by the Army
Device left at school was defused by the Army
A Catholic priest caught in the middle of a loyalist protest at a north Belfast school more than a year ago, has received death threats, he said.

Father Aidan Troy, the chairman of the board of governors at Holy Cross Girls' primary school in the Ardoyne area was speaking at the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Dublin.

Holy Cross School was at the centre of the protest which made headlines around the world. It ended in November 2001.

Father Aidan Troy
Most recent threat relayed to me by the PSNI told me I would be killed within two days

Father Aidan Troy

The three-month protest by loyalist residents at the Ardoyne Protestant-Catholic interface saw pupils of Holy Cross being escorted to and from the school by the security forces on a daily basis.

Father Troy told the forum on Wednesday that police officers had told him twice of threats to his life.

He said: "The most recent threat relayed to me by the PSNI told me I would be killed within two days," he said.

Father Troy also said the placing of a small bomb earlier this month at the school gate had had a "devastating effect" on pupils, with some dropping out of class and others regressing in terms of the therapy they received.

He added: "I do not blame the people of the (loyalist) Glenbryn area for these messages.

"It takes only one sick mind or a perverted person to create fear, intimidation and a form of terrorism."

Father Troy was taking part in a discussion on the problems in the Ardoyne area.

The protest at the school ended after local Protestant residents were promised social improvements and new security measures.

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