Out with the old Guildhall, in with the ‘new’

Derry City Council held its last meeting in the Guildhall this week before the building is closed for extensive refurbishment.

Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney, described the monthly meeting of Derry City Council, which was held on Tuesday, as “historic.”

“This is our last meeting in the old Guildhall. When we come back we will be in a newly refurbished Guildhall,” he told local councillors.

To mark the occasion, the mayor invited those attending the meeting into his parlour after the meeting.

While the building is being refurbished, Council committee meetings will be held in the debating chamber of the Council offices at Strand Road.

It is likely that full meetings of Council will be held in Magee college.

Meetings are expected to return to the Guildhall when the work is completed in 18 months time.

When it is completed the Guildhall building will include a cafe for visitors and a tourist information point.

The refurbishment scheme will run into the opening months of City of Culture year 2012.