Government Must Commit to Derry-Dublin Air Route – Doherty

Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has today (Tuesday) called on the government to commit to providing funding for the proposed Derry-Dublin air route.

Councillor Doherty’s calls come following a recent request made by authorities at City of Derry Airport for the Government to allocate funding for the route which is expected to commence in April 2016. It is understood that £185,551 stg. from the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund for the project has already received stage 1 approval.

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Doherty criticises Govt for ignoring Stranorlar school

Sinn Fèin Councillor Gary Doherty has today severely criticised the Government for not including St Mary's National School, Stranorlar in its six year Capital Plan.

The school has previously received site and planning permission for a new building and it had been hoped that funding would be earmarked for construction to begin during the term of the next Government but this has not materialised.

Speaking today, Cllr Doherty said "I was extremely dissapponted to learn that St Marys N.S., Stranorlar was not included in the the five year Capital Programme.  It should be painfully clear to all stakeholders that this school should be top of any funding and building programme which comes online but unfortunately that has not been the case."

He continued "St Mary's is the biggest National School in the Finn Valley and one of the biggest in the County.  It has seen enrolment figures increase year on year, including an intake of 70 Junior Infants this year.  At present, 170 children in the school are in prefabricated accommodation, and only four of the twelve permanent classrooms have toilets or running water.  That is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue, and it is inexplicable that this Government has ignored these figures when compiling the new Capital Plan.

"The Capital Plan includes a figure of €3 Billion explicitly earmarked for a school building programme.  Parents in the Twin Towns deserve answers as to why their school was not included."