Reilly welcomes agreement on way forward on Factory Girls Sculpture
“I welcome the discussion and unanimous agreement reached today on the way forward for the Factory Girls Sculpture project. The protracted problems with the previous commission were not of Council’s own making and it is disappointing that they could not be resolved. The whole ethos behind this sculpture was to remember and celebrate the work of the generations of women who were the backbone of the regional economy for decades. Their sterling work stands in stark contrast to a process which has been an example of how not to deliver a project.
“Council officers have now been mandated to work with the Department for Communities to commence a new process to see delivery of the Factory Girls Sculpture following a decision by the Department to discontinue with the previous process. This approach of Council as the applicant and DfC as the funder has worked well with many other projects and I am confident that this new approach will see a piece of art placed at Harbour Square - where planning permission has already been granted - to finally deliver a tribute to the Factory Girls.”