McGlone calls for Seamus Heaney monument at Stormont

Seamus Heaney.
Seamus Heaney.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone has called on the Assembly to support an appropriate permanent memorial in Parliament Buildings by producing a bust or statue.

The Mid Ulster assembly member said he has written to the speaker Willie Hay “regarding the need for the Assembly to put in place a fitting tribute to the Late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney”.

He added: “This follows the resounding cross-party tributes paid to Seamus Heaney in the Assembly on September 9. Given the support and affection for his body of work it would in my view be appropriate to commemorate the work, the legacy and indeed the person that was Seamus Heaney.

“Seamus Heaney’s profound poetry touched the hearts and minds of people in Ireland and indeed across the world. He leaves behind a rich canon of work that we can be proud of and which portrays a very unique time in our history.

“It would be wonderful to see the Assembly pay tribute to Seamus Heaney by producing a bust or statue. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss with my Assembly colleagues the best way we can honour a man who has contributed so much to the arts and who is revered well beyond these shores.”

Meanwhile a poetry festival which Seamus Heaney had been due to attend, will be held in Magherafelt this weekend.