Sunday 23 September 2018

Names of dead officers placed on 'disgusting' bonfire

The names of four murdered police and prison officers are displayed on signs on the bonfire stack in the Bogside area of Derry
The names of four murdered police and prison officers are displayed on signs on the bonfire stack in the Bogside area of Derry

Aoife Moore

A bonfire in Derry that was emblazoned with the names of murdered police and prison officers has been met with widespread condemnation.

The bonfire, in the Bogside area, included the names of Ronan Kerr, David Black, Stephen Carroll and Adrian Ismay, who have all been killed due to their profession.

Kyle Black, whose prison officer father David was killed in a drive-by shooting by dissident republicans in 2012, took to social media and criticised those involved.

He wrote: "Absolutely disgusting. The people responsible for these vile actions have absolutely nothing to offer our society.

"My dad, along with the other brave men named, served their community with dignity and respect. This in complete contrast to those responsible for this. Absolutely sickened."

The bonfire stack was also piled with a cut-out of an RUC van, Union flags, British Army flags, poppy wreaths and a Donald Trump election sign. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said the display did not represent the people of Derry.

He said: "Totally appalled to see flags, poppy wreaths and the names of murdered policemen on a bonfire in Derry." Alliance Party leader Naomi Long called the Bogside bonfire "utterly disgusting and shameful".

"There is no place for this kind of sectarianism, intimidation and disrespect for flags and symbols," she said.

The huge structure was erected overnight on Tuesday at derelict land close to homes, sparking concerns for residents.

Irish Independent

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