Newly incumbent Chief Constable George Hamilton says violent republicans intent on tearing down the country will not prevail and will be pursued and locked up.
Speaking in Londonderry on Thursday (July 10) he said: “Obviously it’s of a concern to us. In the last two years there have been 49 terrorist incidents involving so called dissident groups.
“We are absolutely committed to tackling that through the criminal justice process and as a result 15 people have been charged and gone to prison for terrorist related crimes, from this district.
“We want to help build a safe, confident and peaceful society but we can’t do it on our own.”
Speaking about the recent firebomb at the Everglades Hotel in the city he responded: “The dissident groups are opposed to peace; they are inflicting harm in communities; they are depriving the economy of jobs
“They will not prevail. We will continue to pursue them through the criminal justice process and they will be locked up.
“However, it’s a wonderful example of how resilient this city is when people pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and keep going regardless of this dissident activity.”