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McGuinness welcomes decision on Project Kelvin Telehouse

19 February, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP, MLA has welcomed the confirmation from Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and Hibernia Atlantic, the contractor, that the location of the Project Kelvin 'Telehouse' will be located in Derry City as originally intended.

Martin McGuinness said:

"I am delighted that the campaign fought by the elected representatives, the business people and supported by the people of has successfully resulted in the reversal of the decision to place the 'Telehouse' in Coleraine instead of Derry.

"The revelation by Martina Anderson of the siting of the 'Telehouse' in a location other than Derry City sparked a united campaign which has seen the decision reversed.

"Now that the people of Derry have won this battle I would encourage the business community to use every contact and influence at their disposal to ensure that this project delivers on the potential for jobs and economic spin-off that this type of facility is capable of attracting. I will be there to support them in these endeavours.

"Not only will it act as a magnet to attract financial services, ICT companies and other high tech providers but it will greatly enhance the capabilities of our own indigenous companies to expand their operations. It could also assist in creating the opportunity for extended faculties at Magee University positioning it to gain full independent University status.

"I accept that there are still residual concerns around some of the technical aspects of the project but these hopefully can be resolved in the coming weeks. What is important is that we have been able to secure the siting of the 'Telehouse' in Derry City and so the citizens of Derry will expect to see the benefits in the not too distant future." CRÍOCH

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