Alan Shatter shocks Dail by calling Derry Londonderry
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter is under fire today after referring to Derry as Londonderry.
His comments were made in the Dail when he was putting through legislation to extend anti-terrorist powers under the Offences Against the State Act.
He was listing out numerous recent attacks on PSNI officers and other security personnel when he made the gaffe while outlining some of the reasons why the powers should remain.
The act was introduced after the tragic Omagh bombings in 1998.
Mr Shatter said: “Two pipe bombs set off in Londonderry on January 19, 2012.”
His comments quickly went viral and are trending on Twitter.
The name of the Northern Irish city has been the subject of an ongoing debate but the common reference in Ireland is Derry.