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Finance Minister Arlene Foster Unveils Public Artwork Celebrating Women of Sandy Row

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Finance Minister, Arlene Foster, and Sandy Row’s oldest female resident, Gracie Graham, celebrated the unveiling of a new public artwork entitled Mother Daughter Sister today. The work, by artist and sculptor, Ross Wilson is the realisation of extensive community engagement through artist led workshops as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and EU PEACE III funded ‘Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities’ programme. Picture by Brian Morrison --

Finance Minister, Arlene Foster, and Sandy Row’s oldest female resident, Gracie Graham, celebrated the unveiling of a new public artwork entitled Mother Daughter Sister today. The work, by artist and sculptor, Ross Wilson is the realisation of extensive community engagement through artist led workshops as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and EU PEACE III funded ‘Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities’ programme. Picture by Brian Morrison

This Thursday (4th June) residents of Sandy Row and the Finance Minister, Arlene Foster MLA will be celebrating the unveiling of a new public artwork entitled, Mother Daughter Sister. The sculpture is the work of artist and sculptor Ross Wilson and is the realisation of extensive community engagement through artist led workshops.

Mother Daughter Sister is designed to be a reflection of the power of women in the area and the vital role they play within the community.

Unveiling the sculpture with Gracie Graham, Sandy Row’s oldest female resident, Northern Ireland’s first female Finance Minister Arlene Foster said:  “Women have played a powerful role in our past, present and I hope our future in Northern Ireland.  As the backbone of the community, women in Sandy Row have made a significant contribution to help bring this piece of artwork to life and have real meaning to local people.  Sharing their stories, local women have engaged with the artist, Ross Wilson and used art to help shape a shared future and use the Re-Imaging Communities Programme to build positive relations within the local community.”

Ministers welcome magnificent C Series aircraft to Belfast

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

C Series in Belfast (2)Finance Minister Arlene Foster MLA and Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today welcomed Bombardier’s CS300 commercial aircraft to Belfast for its first UK appearance.

The CS300 flew into Belfast to celebrate Northern Ireland’s contribution to the success of the C Series programme.

Speaking at the milestone event at Bombardier’s wing facility, where the aircraft wings are manufactured and assembled, Arlene Foster said: “This is a great day for Northern Ireland and I am privileged to have been involved with the C Series programme since its inception. From the Farnborough Air Show in 2008 when the C Series was launched, to laying the foundation stone for this magnificent factory in 2009, and finally today at the end of this fabulous journey I am delighted to see the CS300 returned to Belfast.”

The Minister continued: “The C Series programme is vitally important to the Northern Ireland economy. The Northern Ireland Executive and UK Government are together investing almost £135 million in the form of Launch Investment and grants, which are supporting the establishment of this world-class facility.

“Locating the CSeries aircraft wing project in Northern Ireland is a clear endorsement of the expertise and skill which exist in our aerospace sector and highlights our international reputation for excellence in aerospace.”

Both CSeries aircraft – the CS100 and CS300 – made their first joint public appearance at the Paris Air Show earlier in the week.

The Minister continued: “My colleague, the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Jonathan Bell, was in Paris Air Show earlier this week supporting the Northern Ireland presence at the show and I know that he was privileged to join the many Bombardier people in the show and witness the first flight by a CSeries at an international air event. This was an extremely proud moment for everyone involved in the project and also for all those businesses that support Bombardier’s supply chain in Northern Ireland and further afield.”

Congratulating the team in Northern Ireland and Bombardier sites across the world, the Minister said: “Today we see a modern day image of aerospace technological capability that is truly world class; and that has been manifested through the development work undertaken here in Northern Ireland and now present in this magnificent aircraft.

“I look forward to seeing the aircraft being certified later this year and entry into service as soon as possible thereafter.”

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “Northern Ireland has a history of innovation and a dynamic, technology-led and growing aerospace industry. Development of this aircraft provides an opportunity for Northern Ireland to showcase its vital contribution to sustaining the UK aerospace’s position at the forefront of technology development.

“Through the continued roll out of Higher Level Apprenticeships in sector related fields and specifically through the development of a Foundation Degree in Aeronautical Engineering my Department is working in collaboration with industry and academia, to ensure the sector has the skills it needs to prosper.”