Call on the Red Hand Defenders
to withdraw this threat and actively support the rights of any child to attend any school of their choice wherever it may be situated and receive their education with without fear or intimidation.
Senior security sources believe that the LVF, which has a strong presence in Lurgan and nearby Portadown, carried out the killing under the cover name the Red Hand Defenders
The Red Hand Defenders
, a cover name for the Ulster Defence Association, issued death threats against three central figures in the row over children walking through a Loyalist estate to reach their Catholic school.
But in another sinister development, the parents of some of the Holy Cross pupils claimed today they had had their lives threatened by the Red Hand Defenders
- a cover name often used by the UDA and the Loyalist Volunteer Force.
Pro-British extremists, who go by the names Red Hand Defenders
(RHD), Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) said in calls to the media they killed McColgan, 20, the father of a baby girl, for his Roman Catholic religion and as a postal worker.
Daniel Hamilton, 31, was jailed for two years and eight months over the Red Hand Defenders
Mr Murphy said that the act, in conjunction with the forklift truck attack on a bar in north Belfast on Friday by loyalist paramilitaries, the Red Hand Defenders
, showed that a violent campaign was being intensified.
The sinister re-emergence of the cover name the Red Hand Defenders
will cause concern within both communities.
The Shankill UDA, using the cover name the Red Hand Defenders
, have claimed responsibility for the double murder.
It was claimed at first by the Red Hand Defenders
, a cover name used in the past by the Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Volunteer Force.
TEACHERS across North Belfast were defying a threat by the Loyalist Red Hand Defenders
that teachers and all staff working in Catholic schools were "legitimate targets" from yesterday.
Loyalist terror group the Red Hand Defenders
today claimed responsibility for his murder.
The Londonderry attack came after the Loyalist Red Hand Defenders
- a cover name used by the Ulster Defence Association - said they would continue targeting nationalist homes as long as republicans attacked loyalists.
Ciaran was shot as he waited for a lift to work on Wednesday in an attack claimed by the renegade Red Hand Defenders
- a cover name used by several Loyalist paramilitary groups.
In a code-worded call last night to the BBC in Belfast, the renegade Loyalist Red Hand Defenders
claimed responsibility for the bomb.