The £4 million challenge fund for the development of the arts/cultural sector in the Derry City Council area was initially announced in December 2005 by then Secretary of State for Wales etc, Peter Hain, as part of a larger regeneration plan. Half the fund was allocated in June last year and today, the current Culture minister, [and young-Earther – Ed] the DUP’s Edwin Poots, announced where the rest of that money will be spent – allocating £800,000 of it for the commissioning of an “inspirational piece of public art that will reflect the spirit, creativity, history and diversity of this city and its people.” [As inspirational as this? – Ed] Hmm.. The official website, for the Foyle Public Art Project, seems to be under construction. And another website states that the budget for the commission is UKP700,000 – scroll down. Before anyone asks, either way it’s not enough to pay for Columcille..