Irish hotel cancels Harry and Meghan wedding event after complaints by republicans
A councillor in Londonderry has branded republicans who intimidated a Donegal hotel into cancelling a royal wedding-themed afternoon tea event next Saturday "thugs".
The Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana had advertised the special event to coincide with the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next Saturday.
The hotel had launched a Facebook event to garner interest in the event.
However, yesterday morning staff were inundated with phone calls from republicans angry at the event. And by late afternoon the Facebook event had been taken down.
A spokesperson for the hotel apologised for "any offence caused".
"The event planned for Saturday, May 19, will no longer be taking place and we would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any offence caused," the hotel said in a statement.
"As one of Donegal's most recognised hotels we are committed to ensuring we offer our guests a quality and memorable experience."
Londonderry DUP councillor David Ramsey said the "intimidation by thugs" directed towards the hotel was 'disgusting'.
"The royal wedding is the largest worldwide event," he said. "Any hotel would see that as a marketing opportunity.
"Because it doesn't matter what race or creed you are, there will be millions of people watching the wedding who are not from the unionist background.
"Every walk of life will be watching and many in the Republic of Ireland will be looking at it as well as people in Northern Ireland. People love weddings.
"For thugs to take it upon themselves to intimidate someone doing their job, marketing a wedding that the whole world will be interested in, is absolutely disgusting.
"It doesn't surprise me as a councillor in Londonderry.
"We have a situation where we have attempts to remove Ulster Scots, we have refusal from our council to be represented at the celebration of the Queen's awards and we have had numerous attempts to airbrush anything British.
"Over the last few days we have had graffiti sprayed on the outskirts of our city which reads 'Prods out'. This is all being driven and motivated by people against peace.
"It is very depressing.
"This shows you how bad things have got in the peace process. It's no wonder that unionist people come to me asking why I bother, that there is no peace process."
Despite the cancellation of the event, the royals have been warmly welcomed in Donegal in the past. Prince Charles and Camilla visited the county in May 2016, taking part in a tour of Donegal Castle, as well as meeting many local people.