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North West Gateway officials commit to meet with Strabane District Council - Doherty

16 June, 2008

Sinn Féin says that a meeting it held with top officials from North West Gateway Initiative (NWGI) focussed on how the body could progress specific projects in the Strabane-Lifford and Derg-Finn Valley cross-border corridors as part of the North/South Intergovernmental body's wider remit of taking a strategic approach to issues of economic and infrastructural development in the North West region.

A Sinn Féin delegation, including Pat Doherty MP MLA, Claire McGill MLA and Cllr Michaela Boyle, met with the newly appointed head of the body Mr Frank and other senior officials at Stormont on Tuesday of last week.

Speaking following the meeting the West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty said:

"We had a very constructive engagement and pressed the NWGI officials on the need to focus on infrastructural and economic projects which are central to the regeneration of the Strabane District/ Donegal cross border corridor as part of the wider Spatial Planning Framework that they are now working on for the region.

"We secured a commitment that, as part of this process, they would come and meet with Strabane District Council so that the needs of this area are fully incorporated into the Framework.

"We also raised specific issues including; the need to build up the Further Education sector in Strabane and particularly investment in skills and vocational based training; the need for a focus on the massive tourism potential of the area and major investment in the sector; support for the twin pedestrian bridges project in Strabane town and for enhancing the physical environment of our smaller district towns as well as bringing a focus to increasing the connectivity between the Derg and Finn valley areas particularly in the area of improving the condition of cross border in the area.

"We will be continuing to press the NWGI on these issues in the time ahead to ensure that the Strabane District/Donegal corridor secures an equitable share of the practical benefits and initiatives flowing from the work of the NWGI." ENDS

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