West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Mc Aleer welcomes progress on Lisanelly Shared Education campus

Published: 3 March, 2015

Martin Mc Guinness on a visit to Lisanelly pictured with Pat Doherty MP and Caitriona Ruane MLA

Martin Mc Guinness on a visit to Lisanelly pictured with Pat Doherty MP and Caitriona Ruane MLA

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation from Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guinness that 'very good' progress is being made in the development of the Lisanelly Shared Education campus and that the project greatly assisted the securing of an additional half a billion pounds for integrated and shared education during the Stormont House negotiations.

Responding to a question from Mr Mc Aleer during OFMDFM question time, the Deputy First Minister said: "I can report that very good progress is being made. The first phase of construction, which is at Arvalee School and Resource Centre, is expected to commence in the current financial year, with the school becoming fully operational in September 2016. Work is also continuing to develop the overall exemplar of campus design and to prepare the wider site.

"The Lisanelly shared education campus is additional to the Together: Building a United Community commitment and is mentioned in the strategy in the context of enhancing overall shared education provision through the creation of the 10 shared campuses that are to be based on the Lisanelly model.

"This is a totemic project, and one that has generated huge interest in County Tyrone and further afield. I know that a lot of people are looking at it very carefully. I think that, in the context of the Stormont House negotiations, which the First Minister and I and others were involved in, the fact that the project was in the pipeline greatly assisted us in achieving the half a billion pounds that we achieved for use in integrated and shared education.

Mr Mc Aleer concluded "Right from the inception of this project, the people of Omagh and wider district knew that the shared education campus would be good for the community and for future generations of our young people and I am very proud to see it being delivered.

"We have already had international interest in the campus and the latest comments from Martin Mc Guinness that the project assisted in levering an additional half a million pounds in the Stormont House talks for integrated and shared education is further proof that this project is visionary and has captured the imaginations of people at all levels of society".