Attack bus driver vows to make Derry return

Members of the Cairde na h'�ireann group pictured with Derry republicans in the City Cemetery on Monday shortly before they were attacked. (1304MM15)
Members of the Cairde na h'�ireann group pictured with Derry republicans in the City Cemetery on Monday shortly before they were attacked. (1304MM15)

The driver of a bus carrying a group of Scottish Republicans that was attacked by masked stone throwers in Derry’s Bogside says the incident will not put him off visiting the city again.

Writing on derryjournal.com, John Writing, who was driving the Cairde na hÉireann (Friends of Ireland) minibus through the Bogside when it was attacked last Sunday night ( April 8) also said the vast majority of people in Derry welcomed them with open arms.

“I would urge anyone planning on going to Derry to do so, “ he says.

“The vast majority of Derry’s population are the best and friendliest you will meet anywhere. We, as a group, were welcomed everywhere we went and this small incident did not deter from a wonderful weekend and I shall certainly be returning to this wonderful city.”

The group’s bus was attacked as they drove along Rossville Street at around 10:30pm.

Sinn Fein councillor Colly Kelly, who condemned the incident, says there were a number of similar attacks carried out by a small gang on the same night.

The Cairde na hÉireann group - the largest republican group in Scotland - had been in Derry for an Easter commemoration.