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Shackleton can Be Catalyst For Regeneration

17 October, 2011 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

 Sinn Féin MLA Ó hOisín Cathal has welcomed the decision to transfer Shackleton Barracks to the Office of First/Deputy First Minister so that it can be used for business and community use.

Mr. Ó hOisín stated,

“This site comprising over 750 acres can be used for the regeneration of the entire region and although there are still some decontamination of the site to be carried out there is a large portion that can immediately used for regeneration.

“There are already facilities such as a lecture theatre, sporting facilities including pitches, and accommodation that can be utilised immediately for the benefit of the entire community.

“There are also large spaces that can be used for industrial and commercial development and we need to look at attracting a mixture of small medium enterprises as well as sourcing for bigger clients through foreign direct investment.

I will be calling on Invest NI to support this site in a way that can be the catalyst for the regeneration of the region.

“It is important that community and business groups now start to prepare business cases in order to meet the demands of the site.  This is a huge opportunity and we must ensure that we get the correct mix of business and community use of the site to maximise its potential.

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