Can Health Minister Michelle O’Neill now deliver on Desertcreat College outside Cookstown?

Pacemaker Press 12/3/2014 
The Site of the new Police college  at Desertcreat near  Cookstown Co Tyrone.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/3/2014 The Site of the new Police college at Desertcreat near Cookstown Co Tyrone. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

One of the first major tests which the new Health Minister Michelle O’Neill will face, will be the delivery of the long delayed training college at Desertcreat.

Last week, her party colleague and MP for Mid Ulster, Francie Molloy said he was requesting an ‘urgent’ meeting with the minister to discuss the stalled project.

With the police training facility no longer part of the proposed complex, Mr Molloy pointed out that Michelle O’Neill was now the minister responsible.

“This project has undergone major transformation from what was originally proposed and suffered significant delays as a result. I understand that funding of some £75m had been cleared by the Executive for the revised project,” said the MP.

“As the project now falls within the remit of the new Health Minister, I am keen to find out just how this will now move forward. It is vital that this is progressed quickly. I have written to the Minister requesting a meeting with myself, our MLAs and some of our local councillors. I am keen that this takes place early so that we can press the Minister the importance of this strategic project.”