Pharmaceutical group visits Derry

Plans to bring 300 high-tech pharmaceutical jobs to Derry will take a step closer to being realised today when a delegation visits the city.

A ten-strong delegation from the Global Pharmaceutical Centre of Excellence (GPCE) will return to the city today to look at facilities and possible sites.

The company are currently deliberating in whether to build the state of the art facility in Derry or Kerry.

In a joint statement, Assembly Speaker Willie Hay and Foyle MLA Martina Anderson welcomed the latest move. “We are encouraged by the level of continued interest in Derry as the location for the GPCE,” they said.

Ms Anderson added; “I have been working closely with the project representatives and CEO Rory Doyle. I also appreciate the support received for the project from my MLA colleagues from all parties in Foyle, particularly Assembly Speaker, Willie Hay.”

During the group’s visit to Derry, they will meet with representatives from Invest NI, Derry City Council, Magee, Ilex, the Department of Social Development, and C-TRIC.

They will also tour the Fort George site, which has been suggested as a possible location for the pharmaceutical facility.

Ms Anderson and Mr Hay said; “The group representatives will be arriving in Derry today having travelled from Tralee, Co Kerry. They will be further informing themselves about availability of accommodation, workforce, future training opportunities and partnerships with local stakeholders and Governmental agencies

“We also hope to meet with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on Saturday. All of this activity is designed to assist us in our efforts to bring much needed high value jobs into Derry.”