Reilly: Council backs SDLP proposal on City Deal
Cllr Reily said:
“We in the SDLP are outraged that the British Chancellor failed to commit to a Derry City Deal.
"The SDLP was the first party to push for the idea of City Deals here. When we first brought the idea to the fore, we recognised to address years of underinvestment and being left behind by the Sinn Fein and DUP joint led Government, Derry needed a City Deal. The news that we are being sidelined will not be tolerated.
"That is why today in council I brought the SDLP Party Leader's letter to the council chamber that invited the Secretary of State to Derry, to see first hand the plight of years of economic inequality Derry has suffered. Today the SDLP won the support of others as we told them to unite with us to say Derry deserves better.
“I look forward to the Secretary of State's response and hopefully like the DUP and Sinn Fein, the British Government will change it's mind and move with urgency to commit to a City Deal for the Derry And Strabane District Council area so our communities can at last look to a future of economic equality and hope."