‘Shameless cowards’- Mayor

The attendance at Strand Road during yesterday's protest over threats against Derry City Council staff. DER4614MC072
The attendance at Strand Road during yesterday's protest over threats against Derry City Council staff. DER4614MC072
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Those behind a redacted death threat against 11 Derry wardens are ”shameless cowards”, it was claimed yesterday.

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson made the comment at a meeting in the Guildhall to discuss the matter.

Representatives from all parties condemned the IRA dissident threat and spoke of the impact it has had on the 11 community safety wardens and their families.

In answer to questions about the workers returning to their duties, Council Chief Executive Sharon O’Connor said talks would begin today.

“You cannot expect to go from a situation where people are subjected to a death threat and the next day it’s business as usual,” she said.

The IRA threat was lifted on Sunday after widespread condemnation and talks at the weekend attended by several local councillors and community representatives.

Councillor Sean Carr however said he was told that there was information passed on as far back as Thursday night/Friday morning regarding the threats which then “seemed to have got lost in the ether”, and called for a discussion to determine what happened.

Mayor Stevenson responded however that there was “no ambiguity” over the information received by the council.

A public protest planned for yesterday was called off after the threat was lifted.