McGreevy: ‘Digital film archive should be available to the citizens’

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Friday, February 24th, 2012
During the Monday night District Development meeting of Newry and Mourne Council, SDLP Councillor McGreevy raised the issue of a Digital Film Archive being made available for the citizens and tourists of the region. The Northern Ireland Screen has rolled out 19 free public access hubs providing over 70 hours of digital film containing moving images of Northern Ireland’s history over 100 years. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor McGreevy explained, “Northern Ireland Screen made contact with the Council officials back in September 2009 about providing the area with a free terminal that would allow the citizens and tourists to access film archives including old newsreels and documentaries of the last 100 years.” McGreevy continued, “What is shocking is that in January 2010, a senior Council official told the organisation offering these free hubs that they would respond ASAP; to date the organisation have received no contact to say yes or no to this free hub. I have proposed that the Council now get back in touch and accept this hub and place it in Bagenals Castle or Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. We should be promoting Arts in the area, and I fail to understand why a free digital film archive would not be snapped up.” “Every other city and major town across the North has a free hub, and I can only say that someone has failed to take advantage of this initiative.  I hope that with two years having passed that the offer has not slipped by,” he added.
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