Minister questioned over culture legacy plans for Derry

DCAL Minister Car�l Ni Chuilin
DCAL Minister Car�l Ni Chuilin

The Executive’s failure in June to meet the monitoring round bid by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure left DCAL unable to justify setting up a new limited company in Derry to ensure the legacy of 2013.

The admission that legacy plans were impacted by the failure of the Executive to meet the monitoring round bid came as Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood asked a series of questions to the Minister, Caral Ni Chuilin including “when the company limited by guarantee to deliver City of Culture legacy programmes and activities will be established”.

The Minister responded: “My department’s plans for community and cultural development in the North West include proposals for new delivery structures proportionate to any additional funding allocated.

“As the Executive were unable to meet my Department’s June monitoring round bid, it would not demonstrate value for money to establish a new company at this time.

“wMy Department’s North West Office will continue to provide support in the North West.”

Mr Eastwood also asked the Minister “when the departmental North West office will be established”.

She replied: “As part of my commitment to the North West, my department formally established a North West Office on 1st April 2014.

“The team comprises three officials with the Branch Head based in Derry in Orchard House.

“The office is supported in my department by a Strategic Delivery Division which brings together a departmental focus on the potential of the North West to be a regional driver for the creative industries and social innovation.”

Asked when she will announce the projects that will be funded by the £1 million allocation to Cultural Programme, the minister said: “Business cases in relation to the additional funding allocated for cultural programming have been advanced but are still not finalised.

“I am therefore not in a position to announce the detail of the projects to be funded.”