Durkan disgusted by "senseless attack" on local church
Mr Durkan commented:
''I was first alerted about the fire by a phone call from a constituent who informed me that the Church was on fire. I was relieved that, when I attended the scene, the actual fire had been contained to out-buildings at the rear of the Parochial House and had not spread to the Chapel itself. This was down to the swift actions of our heroic fire-fighters.
"I am both disappointed and disgusted that this blaze was started deliberately. Those responsible have no regard for the damage and danger that they have caused. Indeed, their actions are a stark contrast to those of the dozens of parishioners who attended the scene to see how they could help and to check that everything was ok. They are the real face of Ballymagroarty and of Derry - a community that comes together when times are tough. Now we need to come together and appeal to those responsible for this senseless attack to desist from this activity that puts lives at risk.
"I would also encourage anyone with any information about this incident to pass it on to the police or anyone in authority that they are comfortable speaking to.''