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Stormont's £58m boost, thanks to US donor Chuck Feeney

By Noel McAdam

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have made their first appearance outside Stormont in weeks to announce a massive spending boost.

The first minister and deputy first minister unveiled a £58m package aimed at shared education and dementia sufferers.

The Executive agreed to more than match the latest funds provided by the billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney who set up the Atlantic Philanthropies organisation.

It makes large investments around the world and has supported projects in Northern Ireland since 2001.

The total value of the three programmes is £58m — £33m from the Executive and £25m from Atlantic Philanthropies.

“It will result in a real and positive change in the lives of people in genuine need,” Mr Robinson said. “It is a clear and strong signal of the Executive’s determination to improve the lives of everyone in Northern Ireland.”

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