West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Dáil committee to visit West Tyrone

Published: 27 April, 2012

Members of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement will visit Omagh and Strabane on Thursday.

The Committee, which includes MP's, TD's and Senators was set up following the Good Friday Agreement with the objective of fostering better links and dialogue between Leinster House and the Assembly.

The visit was organised in response to an invitation from West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty who is a member of the committee. According to Mr Doherty:

'There have been many important developments in the main towns of Omagh and Strabane during the past decade. These include environmental improvement initiatives in the town centres, the development of the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh and the Alley theatre in Strabane and the creation of the 'Garden of Light' in memory of the 31 people who lost their lives in Omagh on 15th August 1998.

'During the visit, members will be briefed on the development of the former British army site at Lisanelly into a shared educational campus and be updated on progress on the A5 western transport corridor.

'There are also a number of private inward investment proposals, including the Riverine project in Strabane and the Opportunity Omagh development which have the potential to kick start the local economy.

'Whilst exact details of the itinery are still to be finalised, I would envisage that the committee will also meet people from different sectors including community and business leaders as well as elected representatives whilst they are in the constituency.

Mr Doherty concluded 'There are a lot of positive projects in West Tyrone and the visit by this committee will give us an opportunity to showcase these to a wider audience and hopefully solicit their support and influence into the future'.