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PSNI jobs event success despite republican protest

By Claire McNeilly

Published 19/10/2015

A republican protest held outside a police recruitment event in Londonderry at the weekend has passed off without incident
A republican protest held outside a police recruitment event in Londonderry at the weekend has passed off without incident

A republican protest held outside a police recruitment event in Londonderry at the weekend has passed off without incident.

Around 60 protesters carrying banners, Irish tricolours and placards marched from the Bogside, across the Peace Bridge and through St Columb's Park at around 3.30pm on Saturday.

PSNI officers in high visibility jackets prevented them from entering St Columb's Park House where the event was being held.

Derry republican councillor Gary Donnelly described the protest as "led by the people of Derry against British policing".

The event was moved there after a bomb was left at the Waterfoot Hotel where the event had originally been planned for.

Justice Minister David Ford, who was in attendance, said it was good to see people from the local community, who are interested in joining the PSNI, come along to hear first-hand what is involved.

"It is a pity that people who regularly argue for civil rights tried to deny others the right to attend the event," he said.

"I would thank the people who were not put off by the protest and attended both sessions.

"Already several thousand people have submitted applications to join the PSNI.

"This level of interest shows how people recognise the invaluable role the PSNI plays right across the community."

There was a heavy police presence throughout and several Land Rovers observed the protest from less than 50 yards away.

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