Mayor meets DCAL Minister on EYC bid
20 August 2015
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Elisha McCallion met with the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín today (Thursday, 20 August) to discuss the Council’s plans to make a formal bid to become European Youth Capital 2019.
The Mayor said the meeting was very constructive and positive and a step forward towards getting support from the various departments of the NI Executive for the city and district’s bid.
She said the Minister was fully supportive of the bid and committed to do what she can to endorse the campaign.
Mayor McCallion said: “Minister Ní Chuilín was hugely enthusiastic and supportive of the work we are doing to promote our youth and to showcase our cultural, political and social offering and of our long-term commitment to deliver better services and opportunities for our young people. The meeting is one of a series of meetings organised with various Government departments to get them on board with our campaign as we work towards preparing for the first phase of the application process.
“The Minister recognised the importance of Youth Capital status for the city and district and the benefits it would bring to our youth population as well as placing us on an international map and increase our tourism and economic potential. We are very grateful to Minister Ní Chuilín for taking time out of her busy diary to meet with us and for being so supportive of the work we are doing to give our young people a sense of belonging and pride in their home city and district.”
Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City and Strabane District Council, who also attended the meeting, said the bid for European Youth City status was a key priority for the Council.
She added: “The European Youth Capital 2019 designation would be the ultimate recognition of the important role that our young people play in shaping their future and playing an active role in delivering projects that benefit future generations.”
Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said:
“I very much welcomed the opportunity to meet with Derry and Strabane District Council and discuss the proposal to bid for European Youth Capital 2019. Derry is a dynamic city with an exciting culture and arts offering which will be central in working to secure European Youth Capital for the city. It would present a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city’s young people and highlight the positive and vital contribution they make to society.
“It is early days in the process but I am fully supportive of the Council’s bid. My Department will work with the Council to assist in progressing the bid and securing what would be another great accolade for the city and the wider North West.”
Further press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Marketing and Communications Section, Tel. 028 7137 6504.