Magee meeting sought by university

The Magee campus of the University of Ulster in Derry.
The Magee campus of the University of Ulster in Derry.

A spokesperson for the University of Ulster has said an urgent meeting is to be sought with Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry after his comments about the expansion of the Magee campus being “off the table.”

The statement was issued following the minister’s remarks on a radio talk show on Friday morning about plans for the development of the Derry campus having been shelved because of budget cuts.

A spokesperson said the University of Ulster was “disappointed” with the announcement.

“We were aware that both universities would suffer budget cuts in the current year, however the potential impact of these on specific projects had not yet been discussed. The university will now be seeking an urgent meeting with the DEL Minister.

“The Magee expansion remains a priority for the University of Ulster and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the positive impact of this project on the city can be fully realised.”

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described Mr. Farry’s comments as “irresponsible.”

He said: “Any decision on this issue is clearly controversial, has serious equality implications and will therefore need to come to the Executive where Sinn Fein will robustly challenge the DEL Minister’s position.

“Sinn Fein is totally committed to the resourcing and expansion of Magee. I intend to raise this issue at the first meeting of the Executive in September.”