Minister’s delay in Museum of Free Derry application sign-off jeopardising other funding – Raymond McCartney MLA
Commenting on concerns made public today by the Chairperson of the Bloody Sunday Trust, Conal McFeeley, Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney (Foyle) has said that an undue delay by Tourist Minister, Arlene Foster in signing off on a funding application by Museum of Free Derry is jeopardising funding from other sources.
Raymond McCartney who is a member of the Bloody Sunday Trust said:
“This application has been with the Minister for final approval now for almost nine months. There has been no indication from NI Tourist Board (NITB) or anyone else that any criteria have not been met. In fact NITB informed my colleague Maeve McLaughlin MLA on the 26th February that the application was with the Minister awaiting only her signature. At no time did it indicate that further information was required. So what’s the delay?
“The Minister is aware of the implications that undue delay could have on other match funding applications. I would therefore urge the Minister to sign-off on this application without further delay or inform the Bloody Sunday Trust immediately of the nature of any further information required.”