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Boylan questions Finance Minister over funding for purchase of Forkhill barracks

6 March, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and South Armagh, Cathal Boylan, has asked Finance Minister, Peter Robinson if he could confirm that discussions are ongoing with DARD officials on the issue of the purchase of the former military base at Forkhill and that no final decision has been taken on the matter.

In response, Minister Robinson assured the chamber that money was available for the purchase of Forkhill barracks and that a revised business case from DARD was being considered by his officials.

Commenting, Cathal Boylan said,

"I am pleased the Minister has confirmed money is available to purchase the former military base at Forkhill and that Michelle Gildernew's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is working hard to conclude this issue.

"I know this is important for local people and they can be assured that all Sinn Fein elected representatives will continue to pursue an outcome to this development which meets with their approval and vision." ENDS

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