Derry to bid for Irish City of Culture title

Guildhall Square.
Guildhall Square.

Derry could become the Irish City of Culture after Derry City Council agreed to mount a bid for the accolade.

The decision was taken at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council following a motion tabled by Sinn Féin councillor Barney O’Hagan received unanimous support.

Colr. O’Hagan’s motion calls on the Council to make a formal bid for the designation and to seek urgent meetings with the Culture Minister and the Minister of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht in Dublin to progress the bid.

The Sinn Féin councillor also agreed to include a proposal from DUP Alderman Maurice Devenney that if the bid is successful, it would not be used to further any political ambitions and that all communities would be included.

Colr. O’Hagan said the bid would augment the legacy of 2013 and help the city grow.

“A Derry bid for Irish City of Culture should be our stepping stone to the next prize of European Capital of Culture,” he said.

SDLP councillor Gerry Diver said; “The SDLP would support City of Culture for Derry forever and a day no matter whether it comes from Ireland, the UK or Europe.”

DUP Alderman Maurice Devenney said; “We support any promotion of Londonderry as a city of culture.”

The motion was passed with the support of all councillors present.