Hotel boss Ramona Wylie quits after sectarian rant at Derry pub bouncers
Drunk Ramona boasted of NITB role during vile tirade
Published 13/10/2015 | 08:22
A top hotelier tasked with attracting tourists to Northern Ireland has been caught on camera calling pub bouncers “Fenian b*****ds” during a furious drunken rant.
Hospitality ambassador Ramona Wylie was suspended from her senior post at the White Horse Hotel in Derry after being filmed screaming foul-mouthed sectarian abuse when she was refused entry to a bar.
And on Sunday afternoon, the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation said it had accepted her resignation.
Boozed-up Wylie, 46, boasted she was from the NITB — the Northern Ireland Tourist Board — and told bouncers they were “f***ing Fenian b*****ds” who were “destroying Derry” during her two-minute rant.
The 46-year-old financial director of the White Horse Hotel in Derry has been suspended by the company, which last night said it was “shocked and disappointed” by her “totally out of character” behaviour, for which she was deeply remorseful.
Mobile phone footage of posh Wylie’s sectarian rant has been spreading like wildfire across social media.
She has been pictured at events with MLAs including Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and former Ulster Unionist minister Danny Kennedy.
Wylie is a director at the NI Hotels Federation, which works closely with the NITB to attract visitors to these shores.
Going right into the doorman’s face, arrogant Wylie screams: “F*****g trying to support Derry f*****g city, you w****rs.
“F**k you, because you know what you are, you’re the f******g, f*****g, f*****g, f*****g b******s that will destroy this city.
“Derry City destroyed. Derry City destroyed by you,” shouted Wylie, who lives in Limavady.
A man with Wylie ushers the drunken company director away, to the relief of the bouncer who remarks: “He’s had to pull her away because she is being so aggressive.”
But a boozed-up Wylie comes back for more, ranting: “This city, and you w*****s destroyed it.”
Shortly afterwards she screams: “I’m telling you, you are wrong. You know what you are? You know what you are? You’re Fenian b******s. That’s f*****g ...”
At this point the person filming makes it clear that he has recorded her using foul-mouthed sectarian language.
But the intoxicated hotel boss blusters back: “You f*****g. F**k off Derek [to a male friend who attempts to lead her away].”
She continued her embarrassing rant to door staff, saying : “I’m trying to bring the tourist board to Derry, to sell Derry as f*****g. F**k off, f**k you.”
Wylie’s drunken sectarian behaviour is a far cry from her slick professional image as Financial Director of the Best Western White Horse Hotel on the Clooney Road.
The four-star establishment has won a number of awards and last April picked up three gongs for customer care.
Yesterday red-faced Wylie refused to comment when Sunday Life called to to her spacious rural home.
“No” was all she would say before closing her front door.
But Wylie’s shocked bosses at the White Horse issued a statement explaining she had been suspended pending a full investigation into the “unacceptable” incident outside another business in the city.
The company said: “We at the White Horse are investigating a recent incident which involved a member of our team and staff at another local business.
“Although the incident occurred while our employee was off duty, we take the matter extremely seriously.
“The employee’s behaviour on this occasion shocked and disappointed us. It was unacceptable and cannot be condoned.
“The woman concerned is, herself, deeply remorseful and has apologised for her behaviour personally — and directly — to those affected.
“We are grateful that this apology has been accepted. Nevertheless, the staff member has been suspended, pending a fuller investigation.”
Managing Director Issam Horshi said: “I have known this woman for around 30 years, during which time she has been an extremely valued member of our team.
“She has always treated our guests and patrons with the utmost courtesy and professionalism, so I am shocked and disappointed by what happened last Sunday.”
Janice Gault, chief executive, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, on which Wylie serves as a director, added: “We are aware of the incident which took place involving a board member.
"Ms Wylie tendered her resignation to the Federation on Sunday 11 October and this has been accepted.
"The board member has apologised for her behaviour personally and directly to those affected and we understand this apology has been accepted. All matters pertaining to Ms Wylie’s role within the hotel will be dealt with by her employer.
"The Federation represents professionals and businesses from all sections of our community. We are deeply committed to playing our part in building a fair society free from all forms of discrimination.
"We do not condone sectarian behaviour of any kind. It goes against the ethos of the entire organisation. The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation will continue to represent the hospitality sector in a professional and equitable manner."