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Councillor to put pressure on EU for hi-tech funding

The woman who controls the purse strings to Europe’s funding pot is being asked to help create a pilot innovation hub in Londonderry and Donegal.

Derry City Councillor Maeve McLaughlin muscled her way into a meeting with Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Maire Goeghegan-Quinn in Belfast recently.

As Sinn Féin group leader on the council she will meet Ms Geoghegan Quinn following on from the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister inquiry into EU matters.

A recent Sinn Fein motion to the council has called for the establishment of an EU unit in the city.

Speaking last week, Councillor McLaughlin said the meeting “will be an opportunity for me to raise marketing the digital economy, Derry/Donegal as a pilot region, City of Culture and what commitment she can give to the North West in supporting the region in Europe”.

She added: “During the OFMDFM inquiry into EU matters it became abundantly clear that we are not maximising the opportunities which exist within Europe — particularly in terms of funding for areas such as research and development.

“I think it’s important to remember that Belfast has secured £12 million since 2004, money that Derry is missing out on.”

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