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Derry’s Factory Girls statue work to go out to tender

Claire Moore and Isobel Doherty (former factory workers) with Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin.

Claire Moore and Isobel Doherty (former factory workers) with Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the news that work that will lead to the installation of an eagerly awaited tribute to Derry’s factory girls has gone out to tender.

“I welcome the news that the tenders for the Factory Sculpture are due out shortly. Hopefully this will mean that the project can proceed as speedily as possible.

“The sculpture will be a fitting historical tribute to all those women in Derry who worked in the shirt factories in very harsh conditions and for little pay,” she said.

“Women were the backbone of the economy in Derry at a time when there were no jobs for local men and there was great poverty in our city. We need to pay tribute to their contribution and to the life and history of Derry.

Last week’s unveiling of a new mural on the Lecky Road is all part of the retaining and maintaining the very important role that women had in making the history of Derry.”

 

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