Artworks completed by community and sporting groups in Dungiven as part of a funding package to address dereliction in the town have been re-erected after they were suddenly removed recently following a complaint.
Limavady Borough Council had received DoE funding to address dereliction in Dungiven.
As part of that community involvement several groups, including Glenshane Care Association, Hands That Talk and St. Canice’s Ladies GAC, produced artwork.
The idea was to place the artwork in areas that were boarded up to make the view from the street more attractive.
However, last month, three of the pieces of artwork erected on Main Street were removed. They included work produced by Glenshane care Association, which cares for people with learning and physical disabilities.
After their removal former manager of Glenshane Care Association Betty Murphy said it was “disppointing” and clients were hurt their work had been taken down.
At the time, the DOE said they “received a complaint regarding alleged unauthorised signage in Main Street, Dungiven” and it had “opened an investigation in to this and written to the landowner as part of these investigations”.
However, Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey vowed to get the artwork back on display, which he did this week.
“I was visiting Glenshane Care and met with people who were asking why their artwork was taken down, and that made me determined to get them back up,” said Colr. McGlinchey. “The artwork that was produced meant a lot to every single one of the groups that was involved, from young children to the more vulnerable members of our community. They’re works of art, so I took the decision this week to put them back up. I consulted with those who own the land where the boards are now displayed.”
Colr. McGlinchey added: “The artwork is now back where it belongs.”