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Derry hospitality boss Ramona Wylie suspended for foul sectarian rant at doormen

By Rachel Martin

A hospitality boss filmed shouting sectarian insults outside a Londonderry pub has been suspended from her job at a Londonderry Hotel.

Ramona Wylie (46) has also resigned as a board member of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation after the footage went viral on the internet.

Ms Wylie appeared to scream sectarian slurs and a stream of insults at a group of Derry doormen in video footage which emerged yesterday.

The footage was shot by a member of the public while Wylie was on a night out last week.

Ms Wylie, who worked as financial director at Derry's Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel, launched a tirade of insults and the bouncers, telling them: "You know what you are? F****** Fenian B*******."

During the video, a smartly-dressed man can be seen trying to steer the hotelier away from the door of the bar.

It is not known what caused the altercation, but Ms Wylie can be seen in the expletive-laden rant telling the door staff they were "destroying Derry."

When asked who she was, Ms Wylie can be seen shouting: "NITB - f****** trying to support Derry f****** city you w*****."

The statement is believed to have been a reference to her work through the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

In the video, one of the door staff can be heard saying Ms Wylie was behaving "too aggressively".

Ms Wylie sat as a board member on the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation for around two years. NIHF is the representative body for hotels, guest houses and other accommodation providers in Northern Ireland.

It is not a public body and is funded by membership fees from hotels, bars and restaurants across Northern Ireland. Board positions are voluntary.

Janice Gault, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, said: "Ms Wylie tendered her resignation to the Federation on Sunday, October 11 and this has been accepted."

"We do not condone sectarian behaviour of any kind. It goes against the ethos of the entire organisation."

A statement from the hotel said it was taking the matter "extremely seriously".

"The employee's behaviour on this occasion shocked and disappointed us. It was unacceptable and cannot be condoned," it read.

"The woman concerned is, herself, deeply remorseful and has apologised for her behaviour personally - and directly - to those affected.

"We are grateful this apology has been accepted. Nevertheless, the staff member has been suspended, pending a fuller investigation."

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