Michael McGimpsey invited to Derry

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Derry City Council is to invite health minister Michael McGimpsey to the city to speak to councillors about his controversial decision to shelve plans to build a radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin.

The decision was taken at a special meeting of Derry City Council on Wednesday afternoon at the Guildhall. The mayor, councillor Colum Eastwood, said it was appropriate to bring councillors back from recess to discuss such an important issue.

Local cancer support group, The Pink Ladies, addressed the meeting and asked councillors to support their Day of Action, which will be held on April 15th in Guildhall Square.

Councillors from all parties offered their support to the Pink Ladies. SDLP colr. Gerard Diver said; “This is the top priority for the people of Derry at the moment. It is of huge importance that we resolve this issue. “

Sinn Féin colr. Paul Fleming added; “We have seen a remarkable, united campaign and I commend the Pink Ladies for their determination. We certainly support their call to keep this on the agenda of the Executive.”

DUP alderman Gregory Campbell proposed that MrMcGimpsey be invited to address council and was unanimously supported.