Presbyterian clergyman to address Mc Guinness rally despite graffiti threat

A prominent Presbyterian Clergyman in Derry is to throw his support behind Martin Mc Guinness in the presidential race.

Confirmation from the Mc Guinness camp that First Derry Presbyterian Church Minister Reverend David Latimer will be among the attendees at a rally in Derry this evening follows an outcry after graffiti appearing to threaten Reverend Latimer appeared in the city.

The graffiti, in the Fountain Estate says "Dad's Army Padre joins SF/IRA. Goodbye David", an apparent reference to Reverend Latimer's appearance at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis earlier this month, during which he praised Martin Mc Guinness as a great leader.

In a statement this afternoon, Bishop Bishop Good says too many time in the past,  intimidation has been used as an insidious means of dealing with internal disagreement within a community.

He said cowardly and anonymous words have done great damage to everyone, and not only to those directly concerned.