Remaining with Derry, according to a report on Protestant alienation released by the University of Ulster in the August identifies several key concerns within that community, not least the feeling that the Council is operating to an exclusively Nationalist agenda. The report makes a number of recommendations:
These include: promoting community led regeneration; improving access and mobility within the city; that Derry City Council should examine the report and fund a workshop to explore the issues further; the development of inclusive and non-threatening civic spaces; to develop a greater culture of sharing skills, experience and best practice models; greater efforts among voluntary groups, politicians, statutory bodies and the wider civic community to include and involve those who feel alienated as a result of political and social change.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty