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Dutton returns to work on Belfast regeneration

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Clive Dutton has been reappointed to tackle the city’s Gaeltacht Quarter, in West Belfast

Ten years after the regeneration guru produced his first report into the future of the area close to the troubled Falls Road, Dutton has been asked by the Gaeltacht Quarter Development Company (GQDC) to come up with a ‘refreshed vision and new action plan’.

Northern Ireland Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: ‘Clive’s appointment provides us with an opportunity to make a paradigm shift in the fortunes of this part of Belfast.

‘I hope it will unleash the creative and economic potential of the area by leveraging its unique and distinctive culture.

‘We have an asset of international standing and importance in the Gaeltacht Quarter – now is the time to ensure the locality, the city and the region reap lasting benefit.’

Ciarán Magoill, Gaeltacht Quarter chair added: ‘Belfast needs to build bridges of common identity and purpose for a successful and harmonious future. Those bridges include Irish language, heritage and culture - which are bountiful in the Gaeltacht Quarter.’

Dutton, who retired from his role as executive director for regeneration at Newham in April, oversaw the borough’s renewal during the 2012 Games and is the former director of planning and regeneration for Birmingham City Council.

Dutton’s recommendations for the Quarter are expected to be presented in September.

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