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Doherty flags up importance of Omagh Education Village Campus Assembly debate

3 March, 2008


Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that he hopes that proposals for a unique secondary level Education Village Campus to be located on the former British military sites of Lisanelly and St Lucia in Omagh will receive universal backing when the issue is discussed at an adjournment debate in the assembly tomorrow morning.

The West Tyrone MP said,

"The adjournment debate on the issue of the Omagh Education Campus has been called by my constituency and party colleague Barry Mc Elduff and I hope that that the proposal can secure the same cross party backing in the Assembly that it has received at a local level in Omagh.

"This pioneering project would see each school within the campus having its own independent environment and retaining its own unique ethos. However, each would nonetheless share common state of the art facilities and take part in common activities.

"For this visionary project, in which a space which was used for such negatives purposes in the past would to go on to be used for such a positive purposes would provide an inspirational beacon to the world in terms of conflict transformation.

"Following talks in 2003, a Joint Communiqué was issued by both governments, in which the British government intimated that it would favourably consider the transfer of additional MoD sites to the Executive of a re-established local administration to engender regeneration of areas worst affected by the conflict.

"The free transfer of the necessary lands in Omagh for this Education village campus is a litmus test as to whether the British government were in earnest when it signed this Joint Communiqué and I hope that the united message that will go out from tomorrow's adjournment debate is that we now expect the British government to deliver on its promise, by playing its part in helping to make Omagh Education village Campus a reality." ENDS

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