Government reaffirms commitment to fund Altnagelvin Cancer Centre

The Dail has been told that the government's commitment to help fund a North West Radiotherapy centre in Derry was confirmed to the North's Health Minister just a few weeks ago.

The issue was raised in the Dail last night by Deputy Pearse Doherty, who claimed the recent statement by Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey that he has no money to run the proposed unit is a political ploy to increase his budget.

Welcoming the appointment of Donegal South West Deputy and Tanaiste Mary Coughlan to the Health Portfolio, Deputy Doherty said she should seek an early meeting with Minister Mc Gimpsey to clarify the situation:

Responding, Junior Health Minister John Maloney reaffirmed the government's support for the Altnagelvin centre.

He said the commitment to the unit is clearly on the record: