Mayor, Cllr Martin Reilly has condemned last night’s fire bomb attack on the Everglades Hotel describing it as an attack on the entire community.
“On a night when our city was winning awards for the performance in the tourism sector we are reminded that there is a small minority who are intent in putting lives in danger and holding our city back,” Mayor said.
Praising the efforts of the hotel management, staff and emergency services in dealing with the incident, the Mayor said their prompt actions and professionalism had undoubtedly saved lives.
“My thoughts are with the hotel staff at this time. This was a very cowardly attack that will not deter us from promoting our city as a tourist destination. It’s very unfortunate that hotel residents and people living in the Prehen Road area had to experience this and every effort will be made to get the Everglades Hotel up and running again as soon as possible. This is an attack on the whole city but rest assured, it will not it deter us from the good work we are doing to move the city forward.
“I know who the real heroes of the city are - it's those who are intent on positively promoting Derry to the wider world, not those who seek to bomb and destroy,” he added.