West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty tells RAAD to go away and stay away

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty says that the self-styled vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs should ‘go away and stay away.’

He made his comments at the an annual commemoration which was held in Strabane yesterday in memory of republican dead from the local area.

A large section of Pat Dohertys speech yesterday at Strabane Cemetery was directly addressed the issue of RAAD, who have emerged in the area in recent months and who have carried out shootings and pipe bomb attacks in the town and surrounding areas.

Saying that these attacks had caused nothing but hardship, fear, suffering and disruption to local families and the local community he went on to outline how one such cowardly attack was carried out on the Devine family- the family of IRA Volunteers Hugh, Michael and David Devine who are among those who were being commemorated yesterday.

He said the vigilante group had thrown a pipe-bomb into pensioner, Patsy Devines car.

Yet when the group where asked to meet with the Devine family, to explain why they carried out the attack, they refused.

Mr Doherty finished by saying that the group could no longer hide under the  mantle of republicanism and that they should go away and stay away.