MLA welcomes museum funding

Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin said she is “glad” at the news the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment has signed off on funding for the Museum of Free Derry.

“I am glad that letter of offer approved for Museum of Free Derry has now been signed off on,” she said . “And the plans for the Museum can take a massive step forward in drawing down £2 million funding for the project.

“This application had been with the Minister for final approval for almost nine months. And there was no indication from NI Tourist Board (NITB) or anyone else that any criteria have not been met. In fact, NITB informed me back on February 26 that the application was with the Minister awaiting only her signature.

“The Bogside area with its historical significance, its monuments and murals has one of the highest footfalls of tourists in Derry. The Museum of Free Derry complements these other attractions and allows for people to learn the history of the early conflict including the Civil Rights era, the Battle of the Bogside and Bloody Sunday.”