Dissident graffiti painted in Bogside

Culture minister Car�l N� Chuil�n.
Culture minister Car�l N� Chuil�n.

Dissident republican graffiti daubed on walls in the Bogside and Creggan areas of the city has been condemned by the Culture minister and local politicians.

Graffiti in support of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and the Real IRA was painted in on walls in the Gasyard and the nearby Dove House, and also at community facilities in Creggan.

Thousands of people attended live screenings of the One Big Weekend festival at the Gasyard throughout the weekend.

Culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín, who visited the Gasyard to see the damage, said she believes it was connected to the weekend’s events.

“This graffiti is disgraceful. I was at the live screening and it was a wonderful occasion and I know that those behind this graffiti in the dead of night do not represent the views of the local community,” she said.

Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue described it as an attack on the community. “There is a lot of anger in the local community at this attack on the Gasyard and other properties in the area. It hosted one of the most successful events in years at the weekend to coincide with the One Big Weekend which was attended by thousands of people from across the city.

“Now to be targeted in this way by a very small minority of people opposed to the peace process and anything positive that seems to happen in Derry is absolutely scandalous and will be seen for what it is; community punishment and part of a wreckers’ charter.”