Senator calls for vet school in Derry

There has been a call for a vet school in Derry
There has been a call for a vet school in Derry

A Donegal Senator has called for Ireland’s new vet school to be located in Derry.

Fianna Fáil’s Brian Ó Domhnaill said the University of Ulster’s Magee campus would be an ideal location for the veterinary school. He is now calling on the Agriculture Ministers on both sides of the border - Simon Coveney and Michelle O’ Neill - to lobby for Derry.

“Currently University College Dublin has the only school of Veterinary Medicine on the island of Ireland. UCD have over the last number of years worked to facilitate the University of Ulster in delivering outreach Veterinary Public Health courses.

“However the University of Ulster have now decided to establish a new state of the art Veterinary Medicine facility. I firmly believe that this facility should be located at the Magee campus,” he said.

Senator Ó Domhnaill said his proposals now need political support.

“In order for this to occur I believe that the university must have the political support from the Northern Assembly. Accordingly I am calling on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to immediately enter into discussions with his Northern counterpart.”

“I believe that Magee is the perfect location for such a facility which would be complimented by the existing medical facilities which include Biomedical Science Research Institute, Intelligent Science Research Centre (ISRC), Centre for Stratified Medicine, Bamford Mental Health, along with the proposed Science Park. Magee would therefore be an ideal location for the new Veterinary Medicine Facility.”

He said a vet school in Derry “would be of tremendous benefit to indigenous Agri-Food in the North West including Donegal.”