Derry councillor told to pay up for Walls graffiti

Gary Donnelly.
Gary Donnelly.

A member of Derry’s new ‘super council’ has been told he must pay up for damaging Derry’s historic walls.

Councillor Gary Donnelly (43) and two other men were convicted of criminal damage when they appeared before Derry Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Alongside Councillor Donnelly, from Iniscarn Road, were William Anthony Liam Brogan (51) and Terry Porter (56), both from Carnhill.

Resident Magistrate Barney McElholm convicted each of them on the charges which related to an early morning incident on February 1 last at a section of the walls overlooking the Bogside.

Mr. McElholm said the men were “caught red handed” painting political slogans on the historic ramparts.

He branded their actions as “juvenile” and “pure vandalism.”

The court heard that the damage to the walls amounted to £2,292.

The trio have been given to the start of November to pay for the repair to the Walls - the cost of removing the paint - or face the possibility of a custodial sentence.

Mr Donnelly was elected as an independent member of the new Derry and Strabane Council in May’s local government elections.