Limavady will benefit from NW Initiative - DFM

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The decision to relocate hundreds of Department of Agriculture jobs to Ballykelly is a “very clear signal” of the Stormont Executive’s intention to try to target unemployment black spots, including the Limavady area.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness claims Limavady and other ‘blackspots’ in the North West, however, will benefit from a cross border scheme, aimed at delivering economic growth in the greater North West region.

Speaking in the Assembly, Mr. McGuinness spoke of progress on the ‘North West Gateway Initiative’.

When asked by East Derry MLA, George Robinson on the benefits for “towns such as Limavady, where so many jobs have been lost over a period of time”, Mr McGuinness said Limavady and other areas in the North West are “black spots” but projects, including the Initiative, the radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin, the City of Culture, Project Kelvin, and co-operation on out-of-hours medical centres, are “all to try to improve the lives of the people who live in the north-west on both sides of the border”, including Limavady.