Derry’s greyhound fraternity hold Guildhall protest over council’s Brandywell plans

Protestors outside the Guildhall on Thursday.
Protestors outside the Guildhall on Thursday.

Representatives from the local greyhound fraternity have staged a protest outside Derry’s Guildhall as the council gathered for its monthly meeting yesterday.

Dozens of men, women and children gathered to voice their concern as the council prepared to decide whether to rubber stamp a decision by its Health and Community Committee earlier this month to progress with Option Three of seven proposals for the Brandywell redevelopment.

Option 3 involved proceed to tender for the entire project ans publicly advertising for a new greyhound racing facility relocated to the Showgrounds and to be leased to interested parties for £55 an hour.

Daniel McLaughlin, whose family have run the greyhound racing at the Brandywell for decades said: “The issue we have with option three is that nobody understands what it means.”

He said that any questions they have posed have but been adequately answered, adding that the greyhound fraternity were calling for a decision to be delayed until there it is clear to everybody.

The issue was due to be discussed at the meeting last night.