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What has EU done for Northern Ireland? Interactive map details £600million pumped in projects

'We want people to be informed of how Brexit will affect them'

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By Jonathan Bell

A new interactive map has been launched giving a detailed breakdown of some of the EU funded projects in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The MyEU map details some of the over £600m a year in funding which has gone into thousands of projects in Northern Ireland.

Cash went to farming, research, jobs, growth and culture initiatives.

The projects detailed are wide-ranging and include small amounts in the hundreds of pounds right up to millions. Projects include the likes of youth initiatives and festivals to helping businesses invest in new technologies and major infrastructure projects.

Beneficiaries include organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

In one project Queen's University received over £15m for research into Cystic Fibrosis, the research found.

Data was pulled together from a range of EU institutions and government bodies.

Information from the Department of Economy for projects between 2014 and 2020 formed part of the overall research.

Researchers stress the projects listed are not exhaustive and there could be many more to be included.

Co-creator of the may, John Lees-Miller told the Belfast Telegraph: "Myeu.uk  makes it easy to find out what the EU has done for your area.

"We hear a lot about the EU regulating the sizes and shapes of bananas, but we don't hear much about how it funds tens of thousands of projects and people around the UK to support research, agriculture, job creation and culture.

"We support a people's vote on the final Brexit deal with an option to remain in the EU, and we want people to be informed about the impact of that vote on where they live."

You can visit the map here www.myeu.uk.

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