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Stormont's Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin's concern for stored archaeological artefacts

By David Young

Stormont's Culture Minister has said she hopes a working group can work out what to do with 10 shipping containers' worth of archaeological artefacts.

Caral Ni Chuilin said action was needed to ensure that the tonnes of material stored by the private sector on behalf of developers are not lost for future generations. She said she hoped a working group would find to a "better way forward".

Developers undertaking road and property projects in the years before the economic crash contracted archaeologists to remove any historically significant items from the land.

But when boom turned to bust, many developers could no longer afford to process artefacts and they remain in storage.

Ms Ni Chuilin told the Assembly she hoped a working group advising Environment Minister Mark H Durkan would produce a solution. But she acknowledged that bringing the items into public storage may cost "vast sums".

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