Derry’s Walls security gates to be taken down

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - May 1st 2013. ''NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION''Security gates in Derry's walls to be removed ''Justice Minister David Ford during a visit to Derry's historic walls to view the start of work on the removal of the  majority of security gates.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - May 1st 2013. ''NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION''Security gates in Derry's walls to be removed ''Justice Minister David Ford during a visit to Derry's historic walls to view the start of work on the removal of the majority of security gates.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

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Security gates on Derry’s historic walls are to be taken down, the north’s Justice Minister has announced.

David Ford described the gates as a blight on these historic walls” during a visit tot eh city this morning.

He said 11 of the 16 security gates will be removed. But the gates where Bishop Street passes under the walls at the Fountain Estate will remain in place.

“In this, the year of Derry~Londonderry City of Culture, the walls will play a central role in the festivities and are a must see for any tourist visiting the city. Derry has a real opportunity to show what the city has to offer,” the Minister said.

“For tourists and residents alike, I very much welcome the fact that we have been able to remove a number of the security gates that are a blight on these historic walls. The walls can now be enjoyed without the imposing structures that point to our past rather than our future.

“I would like to thank the local community, the PSNI and Derry City Council for their support and cooperation.”

Before visiting Derry’s walls the Minister met with groups from Triax Neighbourhood Partnership Board and St Columb’s Park House who have both received funding through the International Fund for Ireland Peace Walls Programme.