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Sinn Féin welcomes Clooney closure

12 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Chairperson and Foyle MLA, Mitchel Mc Laughlin has welcomed the announced closure of the Clooney British Army Base.

Mr Mc Laughlin said:

"I welcome this announcement and hope that the transfer of the site proceeds quickly and smoothly. I would also hope that the British MOD does not hold the present administration to ransom in an attempt to maximise profit out of land commandeered by it at the time of the evacuation of the site by the American Navy. We do not need a re-run of the auctioneering tactics adopted at the time of the Fort George closure. It should be dealt with as a purely paper exercise between the Direct Rule Administration and the British Ministry of Defence.

"The acquisition of this prime site by the Direct Rule Administration should be used as an opportunity to facilitate and expedite the provision of land required to enable the planned transfer of the Foyle and Londonderry College to the East Bank. This would in turn free up a considerable land bank for use in the expansion of both secondary and University educational provision around the Magee Campus and Northland Road sites." ENDS

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