McNulty presses Minister on local EU projects

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Monday, September 19th, 2016
SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has pressed the Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir on a range of local projects seeking European Funding during a statement to the Assembly. justin4McNulty, who has been very vocal in his support for the projects said, “Last week the Minister and his officials met to consider a range of projects seeking funding under the INTERREG VA programmes of European funding. In this region alone, projects totalling €43.3 million were under consideration. “Whilst the Minister wasn’t able to confirm which individual applications were successful I am hopeful that many will be given the green light in the coming weeks. “I asked the Minister to confirm that the formal Letters of Offer will be signed off and issued by his department in time for the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November. The UK Chancellor has said that projects signed off and in receipt of their Letters of Offer will be guaranteed funding so it is imperative for these projects that this happens.
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September 2016“The projects range from supporting businesses on a cross border basis to developing new Greenways between Newry / Carlingford and Middletown / Smithborough. These projects are key to the economic and social regeneration of our communities and no amount of red tape or bureaucracy can be allowed to hold them up. The local MLA added, “Following today’s Statement to the Assembly I have also asked the Minister to ensure that every effort is made to get the approvals signed off at Ministerial level, north and south as a matter of urgency so work can begin on the ground.”
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