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Rivers Agency HQ to relocate to Cookstown

It was announced today that the River's Agency Headquarters is to relocate from Belfast to Cookstown.
Thursday, 16 May 2013

In making the announcement Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill said: "I have decided that the best location for the Headquarters of the Rivers Agency will be 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. 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."

The Minister also announced that her Department's Fisheries Division would be relocating from Belfast to South Down. She said: "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. 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."

The Minister concluded: "Taken with the decisions which I announced last year that the DARD Headquarters will relocate to Ballykelly and the Forest Service Headquarters would relocate to Fermanagh, these decisions will accelerate the Department’s movement to being more modern, more efficient, and more accessible to rural dwellers, delivering greater benefits to rural communities."

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