Belfast Telegraph is church land grab

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Oh dear, the city name in the title of Northern Ireland’s biggest paper must have got to them. The above headline about a welcome restoration and regeneration project to St. Columb’s Cathedral.

I was very recently near St. Columb’s as I was attending a funeral in one of the nearby churches which just happens to be on a different part of that city’s walls.

St. Columb's Cathedral

St. Columb's Cathedral

Yeah, that is right St. Columb’s is about 100km away from Belfast in Derry/Londonderry. Perhaps the writer or subeditor needs a brief Northern Irish geography lesson.

bombing is not the way forward

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Disruption to life once more in the North West

On Saturday 21 May 2011 there was a security alert at the NW200 Ireland’s most famous road race. This alert was declared a hoax after police had searched the paddock. Unfortunately, there was only one race completed this year as on top of the hoax alert there was a major oil spill which meant that the event had to be abandoned. So bad luck on top of the actions of those responsible for the hoax security alert has meant that thousands of fans of motorcycling have gone away with very little seen this year.

This is very disappointing for the fans, as well as for the riders. However, safety is always important. I hope that next year the races will be back on and running safely.

Also today there was an explosion in Derry. Police Chief Inspector John Burrows has said that

there was sheer panic…
There were young children who had to be evacuated. People could have been killed when this explosion went off.

Fortunately there were no reports of injuries or damage when the bomb did go off. The bomb was thrown into a branch of the bank Santander in Shipquay Street by masked men.

Both these events today have been undertaken by people who are the enemies of liberty, equality and community. I call on anyone who has any information concerning these two crimes to report this to the Police Service of Northern Ireland as quickly as possible. It is vital that the criminals behind these events are found and brought to justice.

Bomb blast in Derry – Enough is enough

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The remains of a car which exploded in Derry/Londonderry on 3 August 2010.

The news that there has been a bomb in Londonderry comes just as I was turning in for the night. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is warning that there will be traffic disruption on Tuesday morning.

This is the second bomb near the area of Strand Road / Culmore Road in two months. The first was on 3 August outside Strand Road PSNI station. Tonight’s exploded outside the Da Vinci centre on Culmore Road, and has caused damage to many shops and local businesses.

Although, at the time of writing, there appears to have been no claiming of this attack, it seems pretty clear that it will be the work of the so-called dissident republican terrorists.

It is clear that they feel threatened by how Northern Ireland has changed, by how we have moved on so that the politicians elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly are working together for the betterment of the whole community.

That self same community of Northern Ireland needs to stand up and join me in saying

Enough is enough.

I urge anyone with any information about tonight’s attack to contact the Police Service of Northern Ireland on

Tel: 0845 600 8000

or by email : foyleDCU@psni.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers