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Arson attack won't stop us making Derry better: SDLP's Tierney 'overwhelmed' by support

The Derry councillor whose home was attacked by arsonists said he has been overwhelmed with the support and said it won't stop him working to make the city a better place.

The car of SDLP's Brian Tierney was torched on Friday night outside his home. No one was injured in the incident.

Councillor Tierney has been a constant critic of dissident republican activity in the city and following the attack there was condemnation from all sides including from Secretary of State James Brokenshire.

On Monday councillor Tierney and his wife Cheryl said they were determined not to be deterred from their public work by the attack.

They said: “We are truly overwhelmed by the support we have received from our family, from across this city and across the island.

"The support we have received from SDLP members and the party’s leadership has been incredible and we’d like to thank them for that.

“The kind words, too, from across the political spectrum, including the Secretary of State has been a source of comfort to us both."

They continued: “We will not be deterred by this attack and it will not stop the work that we’re engaged in to make Derry a better place for everyone living here.

“The generosity that we have seen, from across the city and from across the island, far outweighs the hate of those who carried out this act.

“We are Derry people. We are proud to have the support of the people of Derry. And we’ll continue to do all we can to make this city a better place.”

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