Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has condemned the attack on the Everglades Hotel in Derry last night as an attack on the community.
Colr. Fleming said the attack had to be condemned in the “strongest possible terms” and the praised the efforts made by the Everglades Hotel staff and City Centre Manager, Jim Roddy, to move people to safety.
“This attack has to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Not only did it puts lives at risk it also put livelihoods in jeopardy.
“Derry is a city looking forward and we will not be held back by those who want to drag us back to the past.
“What those responsible did was to add more grief on a family mourning the death of a loved one, inconvenience the hotel guests - many of them elderly who had to be evacuated to another hotel - and put the jobs of the staff at risk.
“It’s time these people caught up with the mood and wishes of the Irish people and abandon their activities.
“I thank those who showed leadership last night-particularly Jim Roddy and the Everglades staff- who ensured that the people who were in the Everglades were safely transported to alternative accommodation.”