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Giving publicity to murder TV series

All reasonable people will have sincere and heartfelt sympathy for those families affected by the Howell/Stewart murders, and their aftermath.

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Police investigate alleged sexual assault in St Columb’s Park

Police are appealing for witnesses following the report of a sexual assault in the St Columb’s Park area of the city on Friday night, 24 July.

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SLIDESHOW - Readers’ Photos from May and June

Thanks to you, our readers, we’ve been able to share some of your photos in The Derry Journal and The Sunday Journal.

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Torture scandal against Irish women

A group of Irish female survivors of a largely hidden form of ‘torture’ are currently seeking redress for the appalling cruelty they suffered.

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Turner Gallery must be legacy

2014 sees our city presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to maintain a world class art gallery.

City of Culture status brings a new dynamic in the form of a legacy that enables the city to grow in confidence and stature. 2013 showed the possibilities of what is achievable.

Visual arts in this city is not always appreciated. An international gallery is an amusement to some and remarks like ‘… arty stuff, what we need is jobs’ can be heard.

There is an inability by some people in our city to understand the importance of the visual arts.

Some of the most important assets we can have are creativity and imagination and the ability and courage to see ideas through to the end.

Visual arts drive the regeneration of cities. It brings cultural tourists to the city as proven by the Turner Prize - 53,000 people in two and a half months, a number of whom explore what else is happening throughout the city and stay one night or more, putting money into the local economy.

The gallery itself will create jobs. Other businesses grow up around this hub creating jobs, and foreign companies are encouraged to invest in the city because it has a cultural life.

The campaign to save buildings 80/81 as a gallery is made up of a very diverse group of people and they have worked on behalf of the entire population, including the surrounding catchment area of Ulster, Sligo and Leitrim, in fact the whole country.

There needs to be an independent international gallery that will have the backing of brands such as the Tate galleries.

Unlike organisations that exist purely to draw down public money, income will be generated from a variety of private and public sources.

The economic benefits of this gallery will be seen in many ways, not least in the creation of badly needed jobs and not just in the balance sheet.

We were told that we couldn’t have a theatre or a footbridge in the City but we have both and the Ebrington site will work because it is connected by the Peace Bridge. Now that we have a world class gallery half the Business Plan is complete because there is no need for capital expenditure.

The development of Ebrington, starting with this gallery, will be of huge benefit to the Waterside and the whole city.

The remit of Ilex is that anything developed on the Ebrington site is in addition to that which currently exists in the city.

The gallery, built at a cost of £2.5m, in desperate times, will be in addition to any existing arts organisation in the city and is in a league so far removed from what we presently have that the only organisation that can run it has to be of international standing.

A worldwide search will have to be made to find a curator/director for this most sophisticated gallery space in Ireland. Satisfying the lending criteria of Tate satisfies every gallery/museum in the world. It just can’t get better than that, apart that is from having the same fit-out for the Clock Tower building, but that could come later.

With partners such as Tate, Guggenheim and others from around the world, old and modern masters which have only been studied by our students in text books could now be seen in reality.

Art harnessed with education is a powerful tool. Ebrington as a Cultural Hub, inclusive of a Maritime Museum, the story of the Battle of the North Atlantic in WW2, the City Archives and creative industry SMEs would be viable if developed coherently and incrementally as a model with high levels of participation and engagement and with links into formal education thus demonstrating a skills and knowledge transfer. If we lose this gallery we will be the laughing stock of Europe and beyond, or if the organisation that ends up running it has anything less than an international reputation of the highest order, then the future for our city is, in my opinion, lost.

What was City of Culture for? It’s up to you.

Richard Gordon

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Political point scoring over stadium

Reading Colum Eastwood’s column on Tuesday, I would like to point out a few facts to the very misleading article that Colum penned.

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Your Letters - 24/01/14

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Sports columnist should apologise

On the one hand there’s Nelson Mandela; on the other, Eddie Mahon.

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Poignant last letter of a ‘Journal’ man

I have some news of the Dillons following the recent query in your letters page from Carol Dillon from Birmingham.

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Letters to the editor - 01/11/2013

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Pacemaker Press 1/3/11 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  during  the launch of the Hunger Strike 30th Anniversary Exhibition in the Linen Hall Library, Belfast yesterday Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Nice bridge but what about the poor?

I would have thought that in a city that has unquestionably one of the poorest populations on average in the UK we would have by now made some kind of progress in minimizing the Tory cuts and their effects on our people.

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Your Views - Letters to the editor October 18, 2013

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Horace on Heaney, I suggest . . .

Seamus Heaney was a Latin scholar with a keen respect for and knowledge of the works of Horace.

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Padre Pio prayer group on the move

Another milestone in the history of the Our Lady of Grace Padre Pio Prayer group will be reached on Monday, August 19, when the group holds what will be their last meeting at the Nazareth House Chapel in Bishop Street. For almost 27 of their 28 years in existence the group met on the first Monday of every month for Mass and Rosary and it is with deep sadness but also a great sense of gratitude that they now leave the Nazareth House.

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Don’t be a lousy parker!

I hate people who can’t read. Well either that or they just ignore signs. In the last three weeks I have been unfortunate to lose out on a ‘parent and child’ space at the supermarket because two different individuals decided they could take the parking space even though they didn’t have kids with them. The first gentleman who I challenged about it when he pulled into the space claimed he “couldn’t find a disabled space.” I ignored the fact that he wasn’t even displaying a disabled badge and pointed out the three empty disabled spaces behind him. Not that it made much difference, he just tutted and walked off. The second individual who wrongly pulled into a space last week tried to tell me she had her child with her and the little one was already in the supermarket. Saw her later on pushing an empty trolley. It all comes down to simple good manners, if you don’t have children with you, don’t park in these spaces. There have been many days when I’ve been stuck with nowhere to park, the rain has been pouring down and I’ve been tempted to park in a disabled bay. But I would never do it, your conscience just wouldn’t let you. In the same regard people should have respect for young parents like myself who have to struggle with their children to try and get to and from the supermarket, Use your two feet and stop being so lazy.

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Sinn Fein and pro-life

We are committed members of Sinn Féin. We have invested decades of our lives working for a 32 county Ireland of equals. We support 100% the leadership of the party and its efforts to create a peaceful, successful, united Ireland. We do not support, however, the abortion legislation currently going through Leinster House.

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Magee - we’re wasting time talking

Efforts have been made in the public domain this week to rebuff Sinn Fein’s call for the need of a robust business case to be in place before anything can really happen in terms of expansion, new build, and getting extra student places at Magee University.

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Plea from parents on Magee creche

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Finance Minister Sammy Wilson (left) and Gerry Adams TD taking part in an audience wave while waiting  for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit  in County Fermanagh.

Politics - how disillusioned are you?

The word heard most frequently nowadays regarding politics is ‘disillusion’. In these times of austerity, the MLAs responsible for cutbacks have awarded themselves a rise of 11%. To their credit, the SDLP opposed the increase. I don’t accept the Sinn Fein stand, i.e. their extra cash is going not to them as individuals, but into the Party’s coffers. And then we had Obama. The Commander-in-Chief of the army responsible for the murder and maiming of countless thousands gave a lecture to young people on peace. Then we had the over-policed G8. Couldn’t the business have been done by video conferencing? They could have saved more than £50m. This was followed by the British-Irish meeting in Magee. Derry was disrupted for two days to accommodate, among others, Nick Clegg. The Deputy Prime Minister pointed the way forward in education against a background of chaos in England for which his Coalition Government is responsible. As an ineffective politician he must have felt he was in good company here. Of course most of us accept the political garbage passively. One of the penalties for refusing to take part in politics is that you end of being governed by your inferiors. Will we see another sycophantic Mexican wave when Sammy [Wilson] announces the next round of cuts?

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