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Chamber President disappointed by Stephen Farrys’ comments on Magee


ChamberPresident disappointed by Stephen Farrys’ comments on Magee

LondonderryChamber of Commerce President Gerry Kindlon has expressed his strongdisappointment at comments by employment and learning minister Stephen Farry,suggesting that consideration of the expansion of the University of Ulster’sMagee campus is off the table for the foreseeable future.

“Theexpansion of the Magee campus is the single most important initiative for theregeneration of the economy of Derry-Londonderry,” said Gerry Kindlon. “It is absolutely obvious that more needs to be done to improve the economy ofour city.  We have the highest unemployment rate not just in NorthernIreland, but in the whole of the UK. 

“The onlyeconomic initiative that has been proposed that would do much about theunemployment problem in our city is the expansion of Magee.  That wouldcreate the skills needed for our local businesses to expand and would provide adirect economic stimulus through the spend of students and their families andin the construction phase of new building work.

“Thisobvious truth was made crystal clear in the One Plan forDerry-Londonderry.  Political representatives need to ensure that thevision they signed-up to becomes a reality as a matter of urgency.

“We call onall our political representatives and all the political parties to worktogether to achieve the expansion of Magee.  Our city has already waitedfar too long for Magee to achieve the size and status that our cityneeds.  It is only by our political representatives working together,across party lines, that this long-held ambition can be achieved.”