Sinn Féin MP for Foyle Elisha McCallion has welcomed today’s launch of an innovative new project aimed at transforming the city’s waterfront and improving mental-health and well-being deserves the support of the entire region,
She said ‘Our Future Foyle’ project is a ground-breaking initiative with the potential ‘to transform lives as well as the waterfront . I have been working with the promoters of Our Future Foyle ever since I was elected MP and I am hugely excited by their vision and I am determined to help make it a reality.
“It is an extremely exciting venture that the whole city and region should unite behind to help make it a reality,”
“I see it is an opportunity to bring the riverfront to life in a way that not only helps to attract tourists but also provides real economic and social benefits to the people who live here.
“For example, the ‘Foyle Bubbles’ project will see 42 pop-up pods installed along the riverfront providing bespoke spaces for retail and community use.
“We are all too aware that there is of course a tragic story also connected with our river and those occupying these pods will be trained in mental health education so that they are also ready to respond to and assist anyone who may be in distress on the riverfront.”
“This is an opportunity to do something wonderful for our city, to transform our riverfront and, most importantly of all, bring hope and beauty to a place which – for too many and too long – has been a place of darkness and despair.”