Talks to help Roe Valley economy

Cross-party talks between local MLAs and Limavady Council officers held yesterday to discuss challenges facing the Roe Valley economy have been described as productive.

Among those attending were Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O’hOisin and SDLP MLA John Dallat.

Mr Dallat said; “I think it was a useful gathering of elected representatives, and this is the sort of thing we need - that degree of co-ordination to tie in with the work of the Assembly and local councils. I believe we are looking at a period of opportunity, particularly in the tourism and hospitality industry with everything that is happening in the North West.”

Assemblyman Dallat said all MLAs “must be singing off the same hymn sheet” if they are to lobby the Stormont Executive on behalf of the area. He said yesterday’s talks were particularly important after details of successful applications to the Special European Programme’s Body (SEUPB) from organisations based in East Derry in the last five years were revealed.

“The response appears to give a high level of disparity between Coleraine and Limavady, with Coleraine borough being successful in 24 bids for almost £15,904,400 while Limavady has only managed three successful bids worth a mere £267,209,” he said. “Limavady has seen its share of difficulties and tragedies over the year. It is in an area where there are many challenges to be faced if we are to put the past behind and build a new future where everyone is working together for the common good of everyone. The potential for advancement is Limavady is enormous, but the drive is not yet at a level which creates new jobs and new prosperity.”