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Magee meeting with Farry robust but frank

15 August, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said that there was a frank but constructive meeting with Department of Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry to discuss the expansion of Magee.

 Ms. McLaughlin said,

 “There is a political and civic consensus that the Magee expansion is critical to economic regeneration of Derry and North West region and there was concerns raised when Stephen Farry made a comment on the radio last week that any expansion was out of the question.

 “Sinn Féin organised a meeting with the Minister which included all groupings associated with the university in order to determine a way forward.

 “While it was a robust discussion I welcome the assurance from the Minister that he will receive the business case and has not ruled out a bid going forward.

 “The needs analysis for the expansion will be with the Minister next week and a full business case will be on his desk in October.

 “The expansion of Magee campus is in the One Plan and therefore in the Programme for Government agreed by all parties so it is important that the Minister makes the expansion of Magee a departmental priority that will the campus expand to the targets set in the One Plan.”

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