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Education Village Campus focus of double Sinn Féin Ministerial visit to Omagh

11 June, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed confirmation that deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Education Minister Caitríona Ruane will be in Omagh on Friday for a series of engagements primarily concerned with continuing efforts to secure lands at the vacated Lisanelly/St Lucia military bases in the town for the Education Village Campus.

The local MP said,

"Martin McGuinness once again raised the issue of the transfer of the Lisanelly and St Lucia lands during Sinn Féin's discussions with the British government in London on Friday. I welcome confirmation that, following the invitation I extended during the recent Assembly debate on the issue, that both Martin McGuinness and Caitríona Ruane will both be in Omagh on Friday. They will fulfil a series of engagements with key stakeholders who are also engaged in the efforts to bring this unique and visionary project to fruition.

"During the visit the Ministers will be visiting the site of the proposed Education Village Campus. They will then meet with councillors, council officials, members of the Omagh Educational Campus Group and representatives of the Strategic Investment Board at Omagh District Council where they will discuss the current state of play on the issue. The Ministers will also take the opportunity to meet with other interested groups including Omagh Chamber of Commerce as well as local representatives from the community and voluntary sector.

Also welcoming the visit Martin McColgan, the newly elected Chair of Omagh District Council, said:

"This double Ministerial visit on Friday is a welcome reflection that the priority attached to this Education Village Campus project by local stakeholders is also shared within the Assembly Executive. The visit will serve to keep the issue at the very top of the working agenda within the Executive and to ensure that it continues to remain a focus of discussion in terms of issues that remain to be delivered by the British government." ENDS

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