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Derry councillor: Police must bear some of the responsibility

Seamus McKinney

DERRY councillor Gary Donnelly, right, has claim the PSNI bear some of the responsibility for Thursday's bombing of Derry's everglades hotel. The leading dissident republican said he neither condoned nor condemned the attack.

Mr Donnelly said: "Where there is a violation of Irish sovereignty, attacks like this are inevitable. "The PSNI must bear some of the responsibility if they are going to use public buildings for recruiting and propaganda. That does not take away from the responsibility of the people who planted the bomb. They have a duty to ensure that the civilian population does not get caught up in it."

He said people should focus on the causes of the conflict in Ireland. Elected as an independent to the new Derry City and Strabane council, Mr Donnelly is also a prominent member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement. He topped the poll in the city's Moor ward in last week's local government election. Earlier yesterday, Friday, east Derry DUP MP, Gregory Campbell called on Mr Donnelly to join the "universal condemnation" of the everglades attack.

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