SEMAFORO VERDE PER LA RICOSTRUZIONE DEL FREE DERRY MUSEUM
The Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has signed off on funding for the Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside area of Londonderry.
There had been controversy over an apparent delay in the department confirming its funding, which, it was claimed, could have put the £2m revamp in doubt.
Funding was confirmed on 31 October but was made public by DETI on Thursday.
Conal McFeely, chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust, said: “We are delighted”.
“I’m pleased that the £1.2m from the tourist board has been passed.
“We now have to enter other discussions with other funders, mainly the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department of Social development. This is a cocktail of funding.
“Once we have a read of the offer letter and are happy with the content, we will sign it off and then the project will proceed.
“Our concerns about delays and Arlene Foster has now been resolved and we now remain confident that this £2m investment will be a major initiative for this city.”
A spokesperson for the Bloody Sunday Trust said there was a delay on funding of around eight months.
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