Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle, Maeve McLaughlin, has welcomed Universities Minister Stephen Farry’s clear statement of intent on expansion at Magee contained in an answer to a written question she posed to him.
Ms. McLaughlin she was “encouraged” by the Minister’s answer and described it as a sign of “progress”.
“I very much welcome Minister Farry’s clear statement of intent regarding future expansion at Magee Campus contained in an answer to a written question I posed to him.
“My question asked if the minister intended to bid for funding for Magee expansion in the next Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and I am very encouraged by his response.
“Minister Farry acknowledged that his Department was now in possession of the business plan for the expansion and that it is presently being assessed as to whether it meets guidelines for Expenditure, Appraisal and Evaluation.”
Ms. McLaughlin added: “Mr Farry committed that if the business plan meets this criteria – and I have no reason to believe that it won’t – that he would proceed with a bid for funding the project in the next CSR.
“This is the most promising statement that the Minister has made to date and I believe it will be welcomed as progress by all of those campaigning for University expansion in Derry.”