Bairbre de Brún backs state-of-the-art Irish Language Arts, Culture and Business Centre in Derry
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will meet with the North West’s leading Irish language Arts and Cultural organisation - An Gaeláras, in Derry City tomorrow, Thursday 19th March. Ms de Brún will meet with An Gaeláras staff to discuss future funding opportunities at 10.45 am and visit the site of the An Gaeláras state-of-the-art Irish language Arts, Culture and Business Enterprise Centre on 37 Great James Street in the city at 11 am. Ms de Brún will also meet with representatives of Derry City Council, City Centre Management, Chamber of Commerce and ILEX (12 noon to 1.30pm) to discuss a range of issues including a bid for World Heritage Status for to Derry City’s Walls; the City of Derry Airport; City Centre Regeneration and opportunities for European Investment. Speaking ahead of the visit Ms de Brún said: “The economic development of the North West is being driven forward by the creative energy of local people. “Sinn Féin have long recognised that there must be a special focus on the regeneration of the North West. I was happy to persuade the European Parliament Regional Development Committee to visit the North West and see the potential for the future.” Commenting on the innovative An Gaeláras initiative Ms de Brún said: “This state-of-the-art Irish language Arts, Culture and Business Enterprise Centre demonstrates the drive and determination of the Irish language community to be at the heart of the regeneration of the North West. “This project is of major strategic importance to the Irish language community and to the city as a whole; it is symbolic of a language community which is eager to reach out to all communities and its development is an invitation to all to use the centre and to take ownership of the space as a community building.” ENDS Note to Editors The An Gaeláras project, which will cost in the region of £3.4m has been in the planning and fundraising stages since 2002 and is widely recognised as one of the most important advances in the recent history of the Irish language community on the island. The main construction work commenced in January 2008 and is due for completion in May 2009. The new centre will be the largest of its kind on the island and will include a Multipurpose Arts Centre with 200-seat theatre; Irish language bookshop; Café and bistro; Business Incubation Suite; Project development space for Irish language projects; and Classrooms.