Foyle MP Mark Durkan raised the “strong and resilient” response by the people of Derry to the recent firebomb attack on the Everglades Hotel during a debate in the House of Commons yesterday.
During Wednesday’s hearings at Westminster, Mr Durkan said: “Does the Secretary of State recognise that the recent attack in the name of the IRA on a hotel in my constituency was an attack not just on that business, but on the city?
“Does she support the city in having a strong, resilient response that says, ‘We are not going to be a place of cold security; we are going to be a place of warmth, welcome and safety’.?”
In response, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said: “I can wholeheartedly agree with that statement.”