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Anderson welcomes moves to create Derry Science Park

28 July, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed the latest moves towards the establishment of a science park in Derry in partnership with Magee University.

Martina Anderson said:

"I welcome confirmation by Dean of Academic Development at Magee, Prof. Deirdre Heenan that the Science Park is now actively examining possible developments in Derry in conjunction with the university

“Progress is long overdue on this issue and I hope that we are finally starting to see some movement.

“The Science Park was established in Belfast in 1999 in partnership with the two universities and supported by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment. Its stated aim was to create a self sustaining, internationally recognised knowledge-based facility.

“The Park has proved a huge benefit for Belfast but a commitment was also made at the outset to establish satellite centres across the North including Derry.

“However, almost ten years on, the Derry centre has still not materialized which is why I raised this matter directly with the Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster

“It is my understanding that her Department is now examining the feasibility of a Derry centre as part of their business plan for the year ahead.

“I will continue to lobby for this commitment to be honoured because a Derry centre would provide a much-needed boost to the local economy and would play a key role in taking forward the planned expansion of Magee University.

“It would provide a hub and support for small and medium high-tech industries as well as employment opportunities for Magee graduates.” ENDS

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