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Anger at failures over Springvale Campus

11 October, 2007

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Paul Maskey has said that the Assembly Public Accounts Committee report into the Springvale Campus in West Belfast, where first sod was cut by Bill Clinton in 1998, which was abandoned in 2002 has highlighted how the Ulster of University and the Department of Employment of Learning and the Minister of the time Carmel Hanna failed the project.

Mr Maskey said:

"This report makes for damming reading. Not only did the University of Ulster fail local people but the role of the Department of Employment and Learning led by Carmel Hanna in all of this was 'appalling', to quote the report.

"Local people invested a great deal of time and energy into developing this project and £3.6 million was spent.

"This is an area, in north and west Belfast, which suffers serious disadvantage and yet it is the people in these communities that have been left to pick up the pieces because of the total failure of the University and Carmel Hanna and her predecessor Sean Farren

"The report clearly states that the department 'failed in its role as the government's representative'.

"I welcome the recommendation that the Executive takes a new look at putting in place a new educational 'significant' facility on the site and I will be taking this up with Reg Empey." ENDS

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