Honour for DCAC veterans

The mayor of Derry, councillor Martin Reilly, will host a reception tomorrow for the surviving members of the Derry Citizens’ Action Committee (DCAC).

The group was set up 45 years ago this month following the RUC’s attack on peaceful civil rights marchers in Duke Street on October 5 1968.

The Derry Citizens’ Action Committee was formed in the old City Hotel four days later on October 9 in response to the attack on the demonstrators, images of which were shown around the world and brought international attention to the discrimination faced by nationalists in the North.

The action committee organised a number of high profile protests in the following years.

A number of original members of the action committee, including Nobel laureate John Hume, former MP Ivan Cooper, and civil rights veteran Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh are expected to be among those received in the Guildhall at 12.30.pm