Heaney graffiti condemned

Ray Bonner, a student of the Void Arts School at the launch of an exhibition of his work entitled "The Streets by Canvas" at the Healthy Living Centre, Creggan. Included, from left, are Rita Bonner, Seamas Heaney, project director, Healthy Living Centre, and, from right, Maoliosa Boyle, manager, Void Art Gallery, and Raymond Bonner. (Photo by Tom Heaney, �nwpresspics)

Ray Bonner, a student of the Void Arts School at the launch of an exhibition of his work entitled "The Streets by Canvas" at the Healthy Living Centre, Creggan. Included, from left, are Rita Bonner, Seamas Heaney, project director, Healthy Living Centre, and, from right, Maoliosa Boyle, manager, Void Art Gallery, and Raymond Bonner. (Photo by Tom Heaney, �nwpresspics)

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Creggan community worker Seamus Heaney has said he will not be deterred by graffiti about him which appeared in the estate this week.

Slogans describing Mr Heaney as an “RUC cheerleader” were daubed on the wall of the Creggan Healthy Living Centre on Central Drive where the community worker is employed.

Mr Heaney said he did not know why he was targeted personally and appealed for those responsible to explain themselves. “If anyone has an issue with me, come talk to me about it. Do not go slinking about in the dark to put out an erroneous message,” he said.

He also said he did not understand the motivation for the incident.

“The question going through my head is why this is of a personal nature and why the linkage of my name and the RUC. It does not make any sense other than to denigrate me and what I’m about,” he said.

Foyle SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood condemned those behind the attack. “This attack in Creggan seems to run in a line of similar acts of intimidation. They can no longer be tolerated and should be condemned outright by all,” he said.