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Derry regeneration – Ilex appointments

2 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson while welcoming the appointments of Mr Matt McNulty and Mr Tom Fanning to the board of ILEX, the development company entrusted with the development of the former army bases at Fort George and Ebrington has said that the people of Derry need now to see product rather than appointments and plans.

Ms Anderson said:

"I welcome the appointments of Mr Matt McNulty who has an impressive CV in tourism and Mr Tom Fanning who has a comparable CV in infrastructural development and their appointments will undoubtedly add to the expertise of the Board of ILEX.

"While their dual expertise will add value to the overall project Ilex needs to move swiftly to start adding product to their proposed plans as Derry needs the regeneration plan to be brought to fruition if we are to compete with areas such as Belfast.

"The published plans for the Fort George site needs to transferred into actual job creation by moving to the construction stage and plans for the Ebrington site need to be brought into the public realm as soon as possible so that we can chart a successful future for the city." ENDS

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