Cooper secures funding for Christmas events programmes across Derry

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed council approval for a funding package of £25,000 for Christmas programmes across the city which he secured following negotiations with the legacy department of Derry City Council.

He said the funding, which will be combined with funding from the Dept of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL)would allow all four neighbourhood areas in Derry as well as the rural areas to enjoy a full programme of Christmas events in their areas:

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Councillor Cooper said
“I am delighted that council have approved this allocation. I have been in negotiations with council, the Department  of Culture, Arts and Leisure(DCAL) and community engagement officers for a number of weeks to identify funding opportunities and also draw up suggested programmes for each community area across the city and in the rural areas of the Waterside.

As a result of this funding, which will be combined with a pot of money provided by DCAL we will be able to host co-ordinated Christmas events in all areas of the city.

I am particularly looking forward to the launch of the events programme for the Outerwest . Areas like Rosemount, Hazelbank, the Glen and Ballymagroarty will be able to avail of a co-ordinated Christmas programme for the first time.

I’d like to thank Derry City Councils legacy deptartment, DCAL and all the community representatives involved in making this happen and look forward to further details being released in the next few weeks”