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McDonald's denies targeting children in Northern Ireland

By Noel McAdam

Mcdonald's has denied targeting children in Northern Ireland by siting outlets near schools.

The fast food giant said it consulted local elected representatives and residents' groups before deciding on new sites.

And while 'many factors' were involved in decisions, the Big Mac burger producer insisted: "Proximity to local schools is not one of them."

Their response came after it emerged the Stormont Executive could in future stop fast food companies from setting up shop close to schools, as part of plans to combat obesity in young people.

Three parties are engaged in the effort. With the approval of Health Minister Edwin Poots of the DUP, Sinn Fein Education Minister John O'Dowd has been in contact with the SDLP Environment Minister Alex Attwood.

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