Republican board found on Fountain bonfire site

A republican noticeboard on a loyalist bonfire in the Fountain estate. (1607MM15)
A republican noticeboard on a loyalist bonfire in the Fountain estate. (1607MM15)
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A board advertising a republican commemoration event was placed on an ‘eleventh night’ bonfire in the Fountain estate.

The board, one of a number which was stolen from various areas in the city last month, was erected to promote a commemoration event held in the City Cemetery in June.

It is believed the board was taken from the Strand Road area of the city by loyalists. Other boards were removed and vandalised in the Creggan, Bogside and Brandywell areas in incidents blamed on supporters of dissident republican organisations.

Pius McNaught of the Derry Republican Graves Association said; “The irony will not be lost on the people of Derry about this incident. Just two weeks ago there was a group running around ripping down and systematically destroying similar boards in the Bogside and Creggan for four consecutive nights in a row, as well as putting up graffiti. It’s no surprise that loyalists are at the same carry on in other areas of the city. Both are mirror images of each other.”

It is understood efforts were made at community level to have the board taken off the bonfire.