Mayor delighted at ‘Factory Girls’ progress

Derry's Mayor, Martin Reilly.

Derry's Mayor, Martin Reilly.

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Derry’s Mayor, Martin Reilly, said this morning that he was delighted to hear that plans are now advancing for a redesign of the Factory Girls sculpture to be located at Harbour Square, at the riverside entrance to the Guildhall.

He said: “So many people in the city throughout my time as Mayor have raised the query as to progress on this important piece of public art. I know that representatives of all parties and officers of Derry City Council have worked hard together to secure progress. I’m delighted that something as important as recognising the contribution of the shirt factory workers to our city in the form of this of public art is now moving closer to completion.”

“News that artist Louise Walsh has started work on the piece is greatly welcomed. The Factory Girls artwork, once completed and situated in the context of this public realm area will be a valuable homage and significant reminder to the rich heritage and those who worked hard in the textile industry across the city,” he added.