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Doherty to take campaign for transfer of Military barracks to Westminster

15 October, 2007


Sinn Féin Vice President, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty will meet MP's from across the political spectrum in Westminster over two days as part of the ongoing campaign to secure a number of British Military sites for use by the local community.

Following negotiations, the British government has previously transferred a number of its former sites including British Army sites to the local Executive including; the Maze/Long Kesh, Crumlin Road Gaol, Ebrington Barracks, Windsor Park Barracks and Magherafelt Barracks.

Speaking ahead of the Westminster meetings Mr Doherty said:

"While a number of British military Barracks have been handed back for local use there are still a number of other sites where the future is unclear or where there is a dispute about whether or not the site is actually going to be put to use for the local community.

"In many sites, including areas where lands were taken off local people or where the physical presence of the British Army caused huge hardship, the potential for socio-economic regeneration is immense and the benefits for the local community huge. Not least in addressing the serious lack of affordable and social housing.

"Sinn Féin have challenged the use and sale of a number of sites including the Andersonstown barracks in West Belfast and also identified possible uses for a number of other sites including Lisanelly in my own constituency." ENDS

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