Northern Ireland

'Loyalist threat' to schools condemned by John O'Dowd

Education Minister John O'Dowd has condemned news that a threat had been made to schools in north Belfast.

Mr O'Dowd said children had the right to be educated in a safe environment free from threats.

Two Belfast newsrooms received calls from someone purporting to be from a loyalist grouping making threats against Catholic schools.

Police said they are aware of the issue, but had no evidence to corroborate the threat.