O Cuiv talks lead to PSNI raid
O Cuiv talks lead to PSNI raid


The home of a Derry community worker was raided by the PSNI last Saturday, less than 24 hours after she had met with Galway TD Eamon O Cuiv to highlight her concerns about police raids in the area.

Lily Deery’s Creggan home was ransacked by the PSNI who claimed her home was connected to “dissident republican activity”. The incident took place last Saturday.

It is the fifth time her home has been searched by the PSNI in little over a year.

Mrs Deery is a founding member of the Creggan Community Collective, which was set up earlier this year to tackle social problems in the district.

The 47-year-old says that in addition to offering welfare advice, the group also records police harassment

She claims she was deliberately singled out because of her work and her efforts to interest a former 26-County Minister.

“I sent an email to Eamon O Cuiv and he agreed to meet us,” she said.

“We had an open and frank discussion. It all seemed unreal, here we were in Derry and we had to get in contact with a TD in Galway to come and listen to us.

“Then first thing on Saturday morning my house was raided.

“I would not be saying this if I did not think it was the case, I definitely think I was deliberately targeted because of my involvement with the Creggan Community Collective.”

Mrs Deery said a number of items were taken away from her home including a computer.


In a separate development, a member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement recently found what is thought to be two wireless listening bluetooth type devices and what appears to be a tracking device hidden in various parts of their car.

The objects were discovered within 20 minutes of the republican activist being stop and searched by the PSNI police.

The items were secreted on the underside of the driver’s seat, underneath carpet in the rear passenger footwell and affixed behind the rear seats.

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