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Rivers Agency headquarters to relocate to Cookstown

The headquarters of the Rivers Agency is to be relocated from Belfast to Cookstown, it has been revealed.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill.

The Sinn Fein minister said the new offices would now be based at the Loughry Campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise.

"This move will position the agency at the centre of the north, with good access to the motorway network, and clustered with an existing departmental facility," she said.

"Importantly, it will ensure that the agency has a rural connection, and from the point of view of the Cookstown area it will be good news in terms of jobs and the future of the Loughry Campus.

"I hope that in due course strong links will also build up between the agency and the new training centre at Desertcreat."

It was also revealed that the department's fisheries division would be moving from Belfast to south Down.

"I have decided that the fisheries division will be located close to the fishing ports in south Down as this will enable staff to strengthen their relationships with the industry," she said.

"It will deliver more high quality public sector jobs in a rural location, and affords a prospect of better career development for staff currently based in the fishing ports."

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