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Wednesday 17 September 2014

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Dutton to spearhead Belfast Transformation

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has today announced that Clive Dutton OBE, has been appointed to help accelerate regeneration efforts in West Belfast.

Internationally renowned urban renewal guru Clive Dutton has been appointed by Forbairt Feirste to focus on the city’s Gaeltacht Quarter. He will work closely with Ministers, Belfast City Council and Forbairt Feirste to identify new ways to bring economic and social transformation to one of the world’s greatest inner city challenges.

Speaking today Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Clive’s appointment provides us with an opportunity to make a paradigm shift in the fortunes of this part of Belfast.

“I hope it will unleash the creative and economic potential of the area by leveraging its unique and distinctive culture.

“We have an asset of international standing and importance in the Gaeltacht Quarter – now is the time to ensure the locality, the city and the region reap lasting benefit. ”

Ciarán Magoill, Gaeltacht Quarter Chair said: “Belfast needs to build bridges of common identity and purpose for a successful and harmonious future. Those bridges include Irish language, heritage and culture - which are bountiful in the Gaeltacht Quarter. Dutton’s appointment will help boost that potential to the benefit of all.The prize of further developing this environment already rich in talented entrepreneurs is to seed new economic development models and success stories.”

Notes to editors:

1. Clive Dutton OBE is the former Director of Planning and Regeneration for Birmingham City Council and Executive Director of Regeneration and Inward Investment for the London Borough of Newham where he presided over the East London Olympic regeneration legacy.

2. In 2004 he produced the Dutton Report on the Future of the Gaeltacht Quarter Approaching the ten year anniversary of that Report provides the opportunity to review progress since that time and set a refreshed vision and new action plan for the next decade. It’s hoped that recommendations will be presented at a planned Gaeltacht Quarter Symposium hosted by Forbairt Feirste in September.

3. The Gaeltacht Quarter Development Company (GQDC) with a Board - An Ceathrú Gaeltachta Teo, was established in line with the Dutton Report. The GQDC was to act as a "mini" Urban Regeneration Company to provide a sharp focus for the development of the Gaeltacht Quarter.

4. Clive Dutton’s remit will be:

· To contribute to DCAL's objectives of promoting equality, tackling poverty and promoting social exclusion and promoting urban regeneration.
· To review progress towards existing Gaeltacht Quarter plans and strategies
· To identify gaps and future culture led regeneration opportunities.
 

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