Sinn Fein is to hold its Ard Fheis in Derry for the first time ever.
The party’s annual conference is to take place in the city next year.
The weekend event is scheduled to be held at the Millennium Forum, probably in March.
This is only the second time the Ard Fheis has taken place in the North.
The first time was in 2011 when it took place at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.
Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney says it will be a ‘historic’ weekend for republicans in Derry and the wider North West.
He says it should be seen “in the context of the ever-growing support for Sinn Féin across Ireland.”
“Locally this will be a major undertaking for us as it’s expected more than 1,500 party delegates and members will gather for this conference,” he added.
“That’s not taking into account all the guests who attend the Ard Fheis and the international media coverage that it gets.
“Last year, media outlets in Wexford estimated it was worth a million pound boost to the local economy. We hope businesses in Derry get a similar spin off.”