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Doherty calls on public to view Omagh development proposals

9 September, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty has welcomed the announcement by a major international investment group of over £250 million direct investment in Omagh, as a "huge vote of confidence in the area".

He has urged members of the public to view the group's proposals which will be on display in the Strule Arts Centre for two weeks, commencing on Monday.

According to the MP,

"The proposals for an ambitious development on the Derry Road will create at least 1000 high quality jobs in a mixed use development which will include high grade office space, a business media centre, a hotel as well as retail, health and leisure facilities. Such an ambitious development will have a huge economic spin off and it is vital that local people see the proposals for themselves.

"These proposals, which I announced in the public domain in May, have the potential to really transform the local and regional economy and put Omagh firmly on the map as an area for investors.

"During the meetings that I have had with the investment group, they have cited the suitability of Omagh for investment by reference to its infrastructure, geographical location, a skilled local workforce as well as having a dynamic and forward thinking local Council. The investment group viewed these factors as core elements in their decision to invest in the area."

Mr Doherty added

"I have also had a number of meetings with the Environment Minister, where we discussed these investment proposals. During these exchanges, I impressed upon the Minister the regional significance of the 'Opportunity Omagh' proposals and stressed the important role that Planning Service will have in making these plans come to fruition.

"These proposals firmly compliment ongoing work on the Omagh 2025 Visioning framework, the DSD town centre master plan, the West Tyrone Area Plan and, importantly, the exciting prospects which are set to evolve from the future use of the Lisanelly and St Lucia site.

"This unprecedented proposal clearly demonstrates that Omagh is well and truly open for business and we are poised and ready to deliver and I call as many members of the public to come along to the Strule Arts Centre to see these ambitious plans for themselves." ENDS

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