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Priest 'presented with hit list'
Fr Aidan Troy
Father Aidan Troy was approached by dissident republicans
North Belfast priest Father Aidan Troy has said he was approached by dissident republicans to pass on threats to 11 young people.

Fr Troy said he was asked to tell them they had to get out of the Ardoyne area or face execution.

The priest said he refused to take the list of names from a group of men who had summoned him to a secret location.

However, he did talk to the parents of one teenager he feared was in imminent danger.

Fr Troy condemned those responsible for the threats.

"You cannot have a society that's run by people choosing that they're going to be the investigators, they're going to be the judges, they're going to be the executioners, they're going to decide who's going to live and who's not going to live.

"I certainly wouldn't want to live in a society like that," he said.

"There's so much fear here among particular families who don't know whether they are on the list," he added.

Sinn Fein North Belfast assembly member Gerry Kelly also hit out at those behind the threats.

"Problems in areas like Ardoyne will not be solved by death threats being issued by these micro groups to young people," he said.

"Many people within the community in Ardoyne will be angered by this action and the attempt to involve Fr Troy and other local clergy in it."

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