Sinn Féin MEPS Martina Anderson an Matt Carthy have written to the Secretary General of the Health Department in Dublin requesting that they match funding already committed by the Department in the North for the establishment of a Northwest Health Innovation Corridor (NWHIC).
Martina Anderson MEP said: “At my invitation the NWHIC was launched in May 2013 by Massachusetts State Senate President, Senator Therese Murray. NWHIC is a health innovation partnership between industry and health related statutory bodies with its focus on job creation on a cross border basis.
“The Corridor spans the Northwest Region from Sligo through Letterkenny to Derry and Coleraine. With members from across the region it is unquestionably a cross-border initiative. I have enlisted the support of my recently elected Party colleague Matt Carthy MEP who represents the Donegal/Sligo section of the project to present a joint initiative to have the Department of Health in Dublin match funding already committed by the Assembly Department. I believe that this is a tangible example of a project where the Team Ireland approach of Sinn Féin MEPs can come into play.”
Matt Carthy MEP added: “This project launched in Derry last year by Martina Anderson MEP is a very ambitious one which deserves the support of every elected representative in the Northwest Region. This project has the potential to create hundreds of high end graduate and R&D jobs in an area that has traditionally been starved of investment.
“I have, along with Martina Anderson MEP written to Ambrose McLaughlin, Secretary General, Department of Health in Dublin requesting that he follow the example of his counterpart in Belfast, Andrew McCormick and secure the support of the Minister and a match funding commitment for this initiative. I also call on all Northwest elected representatives regardless of political affiliation to throw their weight behind this job creation initiative which is as important to Sligo/Donegal as it is to Derry/Tyrone.”