New director for culture year

Culture Company Project Director Dermot McLaughlin. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.. 29.10.12

Culture Company Project Director Dermot McLaughlin. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.. 29.10.12

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A new project director has been appointed to oversee Derry’s City of Culture year.

As the city gears up to deliver a highly ambitious programme of cultural activity for 2013, it’s Dermot McLaughlin’s job to ensure all priority support services are in place to support the programme and legacy.

Mr. McLaughlin joins the Derry City Council team, working closely with Culture Company, on secondment from Temple Bar Cultural Trust, an independent private limited company set-up in 1991 by the Irish Government to regenerate Dublin’s Temple Bar.

Welcoming his appointment, Town Clerk and Derry City Council Chief Executive, Sharon O’Connor, commented: “As the City of Culture’s Senior Responsible Officer, Dermot will support me, working closely with Shona McCarthy and the Culture Company team, to ensure that all the priority city elements, to support the programme, are in place and coordinated.

“As we get organised in terms of delivery, it is prudent to draw on the experience of projects of similar scale, such as Liverpool’s European Capital of City 2008, and ensure all the necessary people and resources are in place to deliver a successful year.”

Culture Company Chief Executive, Shona McCarthy, added: “Dermot is a welcome asset to the wider team. We are delighted by the positive response that the programme has already received nationally and internationally.

“2013 is just around the corner and we need to expand the team on many levels to ensure that the city can deliver on the expectations created by our cultural ambitions. Dermot’s commercial and cultural background and project management skills will be a valued addition to our work and that of the city.”

Mr. McLaughlin’s appointment has been welcomed by Foyle MP Mark Durkan who said: “It is a good addition to the civic team for this important year.

“I would like to wish Dermot the very best in his new role which I am sure he will find both challenging and exciting.

“Dermot brings a valuable range of skills and wide experience to his new position. As someone who hails from Derry, I have no doubts he will put those talents to good use on behalf of the people of this city.”