Strabane backs battle for new cancer centre

Pictured at the Strabane cancer meeting are, from left; Colr. Derek Hussey UUP, Marie Brennan, Colr. Michaela Boyle, Martina Anderson MLA, and Pat Doherty. (2202MM05)
Pictured at the Strabane cancer meeting are, from left; Colr. Derek Hussey UUP, Marie Brennan, Colr. Michaela Boyle, Martina Anderson MLA, and Pat Doherty. (2202MM05)

A public meeting was held in Strabane last week as part of the campaign to bring a satellite radiotherapy service to Derry.

The meeting was held in the Fir Trees Hotel on Thursday night and was attended by councillors from a number of parties.

The guest speaker on the evening was Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson.

Speaking after the meeting, chair of Strabane District Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Michaela Boyle said: “While it was an emotive meeting there was also a uniform determination from all present that the harrowing plight of cancer sufferers from across the North West, who endure the debilitating impact of having to undertake long round trip journeys to either Belfast or Dublin for as little as five minutes of treatment, must finally be alleviated by ensuring the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin comes to fruition.”

She also said the campaign will continue until the facility is built at Altnagelvin hospital.