The Deputy Mayor of Londonderry & Strabane, Councillor Derek Hussey, has condemned recent attempts to heighten sectarian tensions in Londonderry, in the form of attacks on the Fountain estate and the Apprentice Boys’ Memorial Hall.
Councillor Hussey said:
“Thursday saw petrol bombs thrown at the Fountain estate from the Bishop Street area, and the Apprentice Boys’ Memorial Hall was also targeted. Friday saw paint bombs thrown at the Fountain during the afternoon and then on Friday night the Fountain was attacked with bottles and bricks.
“This is a deliberate attempt to heighten sectarian tensions, given that the Fountain is the last Protestant enclave on the West Bank of the Foyle and the Memorial Hall is a cultural hub in the city.
“Sadly there are still some elements in this city who will not allow a small Protestant community to live in peace. All the people of the Fountain want is the equality and respect that others talk about. These attacks must stop.”