West Tyrone MP says Ballykelly was viable option for 800 civil service jobs

A West Tyrone MP has said that Ballykelly was the viable option for 800 civil service jobs.

It was announced in September this year that the Department of Agrilculture in the North would be moving from Belfast to Ballykelly.

The new offices are to be based at the site of the former Shackleton Army Barrakcs.

Yet it was claimed yesterday by the Strabane Chronicle newspaper that a leaked document had revealed that Strabane actually topped a table of suitable locations for the jobs.

The SDLP in Tyrone have fingered the blame for the 800 jobs bypassing Strabane on Sinn Fein, but West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty said the vacated Shackleton Army Barracks were the perfect location, especially on a tight budget....