Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed a further commitment from Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry that he will apply for additional funding for the expansion of Magee.
“The expansion of the university at Magee is vital to the regeneration of Derry.
“The Strategy Board in Derry commissioned consultants to prepare a business case for the expansion of Magee and that is currently being scrutinised by officials.
“I asked the minister for an update on the expansion of Magee and was pleased that he reiterated his commitment to bid for extra money from the Executive for the expansion.
“The minister said that he does not currently have the funds for the expansion. However, he said he will make a bid to the Executive if the appraisal makes the case that it represents good value for money for the North.
“I have no doubt the business case will show that the expansion of Magee will not only represent good value for money for Derry but for the North generally.
“Sinn Féin will continue to support the expansion of Magee and will ensure that the minister fulfils his commitments.” Ends/Críoch