Magee on agenda as business leaders meet First Minister in Derry

Democratic Unionist party leader Peter Robinson, right, and Ian Paisley jnr, left, speak to the media during a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Nov. 20, 2006.  The DUP delegation met with members of Sinn Fein in a new key meeting on a committee aimed at drawing up a program for a developed government.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Democratic Unionist party leader Peter Robinson, right, and Ian Paisley jnr, left, speak to the media during a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. The DUP delegation met with members of Sinn Fein in a new key meeting on a committee aimed at drawing up a program for a developed government. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Derry business leaders are meeting First Minister Peter Robinson over the expansion of Magee Campus this lunchtime.

The talks are taking place prior to the local Chamber of Commerce President’s annual lunch in Derry.

Mr Robinson is the keynote speaker at the event in the City Hotel.

During the private briefing, senior Chamber members will press “the need” for the expansion of city’s University of Ulster Campus, a spokesperson for the Chamber said.

The local business leaders are also due to discuss the opportunities presented by City of Culture and the programme for CultureTECH 2013.

Chamber President Philip Gilliland said: “It is a strong sign of the respect in which the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is held that the First Minister has agreed to be our keynote speaker at the President’s annual lunch, one of our main activities of the year.

“We are very grateful to Peter Robinson for giving the keynote address and to BT for its sponsorship of the lunch,” he added.