Belfast Telegraph

Where the additional £100m will be spent

By David Young

The projects set to benefit from an extra £100 million that the Executive has been allowed to borrow have a strong focus on building better community relations.

They include:

  • £8m to prioritise investment in integrated primary schools at Omagh, Portadown and Corran in Larne.
  • A further £30m to fund more development at the Lisanelly shared education campus in Omagh.
  • An additional 300 homes in a shared environment, including sites in Belfast and Newtownabbey.
  • £15m to develop a new shared mixed tenure housing scheme.

It was also announced that the Green Investment Bank will make two separate investments of £1.5m and £1.7m to help increase the efficiency of the Northern Ireland agri-food sector.

The Ministry of Defence has also identified 106 properties in Lisburn and Holywood which could be used for shared housing, subject to appropriate proposals from the Executive.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said there had been welcome progress on economic and shared future initiatives.

"The Executive has also developed a wide-ranging set of commitments to tackle community division. But the Government and the Executive recognise that more needs to be done. We will continue to work with the Executive to build on the progress already made, and to deliver the measures agreed in our pact last year."

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