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City Deal Hint Welcomed

The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the additional money promised for Northern Ireland and inparticular the prospect of a 'City Deal' for Derry City and Strabane.

Chamber chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:

"A City Deal for the Derry City and Strabane council area could be extremely good news for the city and region.  While this idea was not specifically included in the Government's agreement with the DUP, support for 'city deals' in the plural provides a hint that Derry could receive the designation, separately from Belfast.  This might create opportunities for Derry City and Strabane council to move forward with key economic projects, especially the substantial expansion of the Magee campus.  It might also give the city and region more say over key road infrastructure and ensuring that all local schools are supported in the process of raising employment relevant skills.

"We welcome also the additional funding for Northern Ireland infrastructure.  While we recognise the traffic pressure at York Street in Belfast, we remain strongly committed to what we regard as the two most important and pressing infrastructure projects, which are the roads between Belfast and Derry and that between Derry and Dublin.  We would be extremely unhappy if both those projects were now sidelined or downgraded in importance."