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TV and Film production at Shackleton barracks a boost for entire North West

20 August, 2015 - by Raymond McCartney

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed confirmation that film and TV production looks set to begin at the former British military site at Ballykelly.

 Speaking following a visit to the Shackleton Barracks site with Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilin and representatives of NI Screen, the Foyle MLA said the potential of the site was massive.

 "This is a huge site with the potential to become a massive economic driver for the entire north west region."

 "Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill is already in the process of decentralising her entire department to the site and now another portion is being developed for TV and film production.

 "The Minister heard how Shackleton Studios Limited have secured a license to begin work on bringing four vacant buildings on the site back into use for film production.

 "The success of the Paint Hall studio at Harland and Wolff has shown how much economic benefit can be generated by TV and film production and there's no reason why this success can't be replicated in the north west."

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