Details of Clooney education campus unveiled in Derry

Detailed plans have been published in Derry today for the development of a new shared education campus on former military lands at Clooney.

At a function in the city this morning, Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie and Education Minister Caitríona Ruane today confimed the lands will house new, purpose built facilities for Foyle and Londonderry College and Ebrington Primary School.

Margaret Ritchie told today's function that the transfer of the site is a major element of her department’s regeneration masterplan for the Clooney lands. Caitríona Ruane said education is central to addressing social inequalities, and this will help children in Derry reach their full potential. The investment in the two new schools will be just over £35 million.

The relocation of Foyle and Londonderry College to Clooney means the college's current Northland Road site can be used by the University of Ulster for the future expansion of its Magee campus.

Meanwhile, Minister Richie also announced that the Department has also reached agreement, in principle, that Derry City Council will construct the proposed new greenway link for cyclists and pedestrians, subject to statutory approvals and the outcome of public consultation.