Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion has welcomed the political and financial commitment to the North West contained in the ‘Fresh Start’ agreement reached between the Executive and the Irish and British governments.
Speaking prior to a meeting of the North West Gateway Initiative in Derry , Mayor McCallion said:
“I welcome the political and financial commitments to North West Development contained in the Agreement reached at Stormont this week.
“As well as recommitting to progress the A5 which will deliver major employment and investment opportunities for our District’s economy, the Executive and the Irish government have committed a further five million to the regional development work of the North West Gateway Initiative.
“This involves a partnership between Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council as part of the work programme of the North South Ministerial Council.
“The Irish Government has agreed to provide funding of €2.5m to support the Initiative, and this is matched by £2.5milion from the Executive.
“This is good news for our Regional economy and will be welcomed by everyone with the interests of the North West at heart.” CRÍOCH/END