Bridge decision worries Protestants

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Following a meeting of the Church of Ireland clergy from parishes in the city areas of Derry, the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Right Rev Dr RHA Eames, spoke of his disappointment of his people over the decision to postpone the second bridge across the Foyle.

The Bishop said: “This decision has caused much concern for the Protestant minority on the west bank of the Foyle. Over the past few years there has been a steady erosion of the numbers of Protestant people living on the city side of the river. While there have been some cases of direct intimidation and pressure, the largest number of cases of those moving to live elsewhere have been caused by the understandable desire to live in areas where they can feel a greater degree of security which cannot be afforded in times of trouble and unrest on the west bank. There will always be a sense of insecurity when they see one bridge only.”