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Slippage in completion date of Strule Shared Education Campus is concerning – McElduff

18 September, 2017 - by Barry McElduff


Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff said he is concerned about slippage in the completion date of Strule Shared Education Campus project in Omagh.

Barry McElduff was speaking after he received a letter from the Department of Education saying the completion date had slipped until 2021.

Barry McElduff said:

“I welcome a pledge from the Department of Education to keep the Strule Shared Education Campus project in Omagh moving forward 'at pace'.

“However, any slippage in the completion date is concerning.

“This is indisputably an iconic project which will help to meet the best educational interests of many young people in the Omagh area for generations to come.

“There is strong political and community consensus around the development of six schools on a single site.

“It has been consistently identified as a Programme for Government (PfG) priority with ring-fenced capital funding.

“All schools involved have been committed and creative in helping to plan and design the project.

“Once a British Army Garrison and a symbol of division in the county town of Tyrone, the Strule site now offers an alternative vision of unity and great hope for the future.

“I am seeking an imminent meeting with Department of Education officials for a full briefing on the procurement issues, which are said to have caused this delay.

“I will be seeking a renewed commitment on the part of the Department to overcome any further hurdles should they arise.”

Note to Editor

• Target Completion date was 2020 but has slipped to 2021.This was outlined in a letter from the Department of Education to Barry McElduff MP.

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