SDLP: ‘Attempts to hold community to ransom will fail’-Ramsey

Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey. (2307C39a)
Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey. (2307C39a)

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has slammed those behind two attacks in Derry this week saying that the actions of these masked men are in fact attacks on all of us.

The comments come after workers gritting the roads were attacked by three masked men on the Alder Road on Friday morning and after an NIE van was set alight by masked men in Creggan earlier this week.

Mr. Ramsey stated that: “We have seen staff members of NI Electricity and Roads Service gritting team attacked by masked men who represent nothing but negative echoes of the past.

“We have families in Creggan sitting without electricity for in excess of 24 hours as a result of the first attack. While the disruption caused by the second attack in which masked men threatened those gritting our roads so all of Derry could get to school, work and home in the morning had a knock on effect to regular policing in the city and community life in general.

“These actions are attempts to hold our community to ransom which ultimately will fail.

“These attacks could very well have been carried out on you, your family, your brother or father as they go about a days work. They are inexcusable.”

Mr. Ramsey added: “To inform someone going about their work that you have placed a bomb on their vehicle and order them to drive to any target shows a particular kind of callousness and inhumanity.

“Gritting the roads is essentially a life saving service, why would anyone want to deter someone from gritting the roads? What was achieved by any of this violence?

“These attacks by proxy have caused massive hurt within this city in previous years and underline the complete disregard those responsible hold for the hard working class members of our community.

“That people would attempt to terrorise and abuse men doing their job is beyond contempt,” concluded Mr. Ramsey.