Northern Ireland’s first ‘rainbow’ crosswalk to support the LGBTQ community will be installed in Londonderry.

The level crossing – at a location yet to be determined – will primarily be a functional facility for pedestrians.

But it could act as one of the city’s unusual tourist attractions along with its Derry Girls mural.

City and district mayor Brian Tierney presented a proposal for the crossing to this week’s plenary council meeting, where it received unanimous support.

He will finance the project from a surplus in his mayor’s budget.

Mr Tierney said: “Every year the mayor has a budget to fulfill his role and to assist and manage functions. Due to Covid, I have not spent my entire budget.

“Early in my term as mayor, I met with the Foyle Pride Committee and agreed to work with them to locate Ireland’s first Rainbow Passage in the heart of Derry.

“Funding was the last hurdle to cross the starting line of this project.

“I was delighted to get the council’s support tonight to allocate money from the budget to cover costs. I hope this sends a positive message of acceptance and appreciation to the LGBT + community, not only in Derry and Strabane, but also in Ireland and beyond. “

Last October, members of Foyle Pride painted a rainbow path through the city center as part of their campaign to secure a permanent rainbow passage through the city.

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