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McAleer brings residents opposed to gold processing plant to Stormont

16 February, 2016 - by Declan McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said the views of the local community need to be listened to on controversial proposals to develop a gold processing plant in Greencastle, Co Tyrone. 

Speaking after hosting representatives of a community group opposed to the development of a gold processing plant in Greencastle at Stormont, Mr McAleer said; 

"On Monday, I raised the issue during Environment Ministers question time. And we held meetings accompanied by members of the group with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Agriculture & Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill, Environment Minister Mark Durkan and the chair of the Environment Committee Anna Lo.

"The Executive Ministers and Anna Lo were left in absolutely no doubt about the strength of feeling and concern in the community about this proposed development. 

"Given the potentially negative impact of the proposal on this rural area, the DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill will pay a ministerial visit to the area to see for herself the scale of what is proposed and report this back to her Executive colleagues.  

"Martin McGuinness has also pledged to monitor this at Executive level.   

"Sinn Féin is on record as giving our support to the campaign team.  We intend to stand by that commitment and play our part to support local residents." 

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