Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Dissident attack ‘has united the community’

Dissident republicans who planted a bomb in Londonderry’s city centre have only strengthened the resolve for peace and prosperity, according to city leaders.

City centre manager Jim Roddy and the mayor of Derry Colum Eastwood told the Telegraph that the 110lb bomb had succeeded only in jeopardising investment which could result in desperately needed jobs.

The two public figures were speaking as businesses reopened yesterday following the mass evacuation of people from the upper city centre on Sunday night.

The remaining cordons were lifted on Monday evening once forensic work was completed at the car park behind the Masonic Hall on Bishop Street, where the bomb had been abandoned in a beer keg inside a stolen car.

Mr Roddy said the viable device had cost some local businesses a day’s trading.

He said: “It is up to all of us now to make sure this incident does not damage the city.”

He said the people of the city had shown great resilience.

“The more these people try and stop us the more people will come together in partnership, forming bonds and partnerships from across all sectors, and indeed from all communities.”

Mr Eastwood said: “The only way to beat these people is to build an economy that has hope and a future for local people.

“That is what we need to be offering our young people. Those responsible cannot offer anything.”

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