Senator Ó Domhnaill Calls for Proposed North Veterinary Medicine Facility to be located in Derry

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Brian Ó Domhnaill, has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to immediately meet with his Northern counterpart Michelle O Neill in order to press for the proposed new Veterinary Medicine Facility to be located at the University of Ulster Magee in Derry.

“Currently University College Dublin has the only school of Veterinary Medicine on the Island of Ireland. UCD have over the last number of years worked to facilitate the University of Ulster in delivering outreach Veterinary Public Health courses. However the University of Ulster have now decided to establish a new state of the art Veterinary Medicine facility. I firmly believe that this facility should be located at the Magee Campus.”

“In order for this to occur I believe that the University must have the political support from the Northern Assembly. Accordingly I am calling on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to immediately enter into discussions with his Northern Counterpart.”

“I believe that Magee is the perfect location for such a facility which would be complimented by the existing medical facilities which include Biomedical Science Research Institute, Intelligent Science Research Centre (ISRC), Centre for Stratified Medicine, Bamform Mental Health, along with the proposed Science Park. Magee would therefore be an ideal location for the new Veterinary Medicine Facility.”

“The location of this new facility in Derry would be of tremendous benefit to indigenous Agri-Food in the North West including Donegal by providing cutting edge research. The research available at such a facility would contribute enormously to an improvement in the sustainability of agriculture, health and welfare of animals, quality and securing of food and consumer well being.” ;Concluded Ó Domhnaill

Posted: Dec 10, 2013     |     Categories: Uncategorized