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Answer demanded over workers' scultpure delay

By Brendan McDaid

Government officials are to be summoned before Londonderry councillors to explain “disrespectful” delays to a new public artwork celebrating Londonderry’s shirt factory workers.



The artist behind the scultpure, Louise Walsh, has requested a meeting with the Department for Social Development’s (DSD) north west development office to discuss moving the project forward.

The Factory Girls artwork has been beset by problems since it was first mooted to celebrate the thousands of women who have worked in the city’s once booming shirt manufacturing industry.

Speaking at a meeting of the development committee this week, SDLP Councillor Sean Carr said if there was no development on the sculpture in the coming weeks, DSD representatives must be brought into the council to discuss what the problems are.

The artist will also be invited to attend the committee meeting.

Sinn Fein Councillor Maeve McLaughlin said the delays were “disrespectful to the generations of women and the artist”.

She said: “We really are at the stage where this has become a joke. We need to get clear timelines now.”

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