Villiers to build on CoC13 in wake of a difficult six months

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says she’s determined to build on the success of events like Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 following a difficult six months from a security perspective.

In a written ministerial statement she acknowledged it had been a tough half-year after a sustained period of public disorder relating to flags and parades.

“However, as a result of the concerted and sustained efforts of the security forces, we have also seen some significant arrests, seizures, convictions and disruptions.

“We continue to contain the threat from terrorism and remain fully committed to driving it down in the future, keeping the people of Northern Ireland safe and secure,” she stated.

Mrs Villiers promised there would be unrelenting “pressure on terrorists who reject democracy and who offer nothing but violence.”

But she said she was hopeful Northern Ireland could build on the success of Londonderry’s culture year.

“The success of the G8 summit held in Fermanagh in June, followed by Derry/Londonderry’s enthusiastic embrace of its city of culture status and the highly successful hosting of the world police and fire games showcased Northern Ireland at its very best—prepared, resilient, highly capable and determined,” she said.