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Troubled Ilex is set to shut with the loss of 18 jobs

By David Young

Published 30/10/2015

Grateful: Peter Robinson
Grateful: Peter Robinson

Londonderry's troubled redevelopment body Ilex is to close with the loss of 18 jobs.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.

Established in 2004, the body's main task was to oversee the regeneration of former Army bases at Fort George and Ebrington in the city.

A scathing review into Ilex's performance published in July detailed a long list of failings.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: "We are grateful for all the work undertaken by Ilex at Ebrington since 2003 which has opened the site up for all the people of Londonderry and beyond.

"The reviews concluded Ilex should have a limited lifespan and its work should ultimately move to the local council. That remains the long-term plan.

"However, in the short-term, given the recent resignations of the entire senior management team, we have decided that the development of Ebrington will be led by OFMDFM."

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