Minister can’t confirm approval for prison rebuild

Magilligan Prison. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � please by-line 20-12-13

Magilligan Prison. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � please by-line 20-12-13

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The construction of a new prison at Magilligan cannot be guaranteed, Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister David Ford has said.

The Minister had been asked by local MLA George Robinson to outline the progress made on work to rebuild Magilligan Prison and to confirm whether the newbuild will create additional and permanent employment opportunities at HMP Magilligan, which could help to alleviate the unemployment situation in the surrounding area.

Mr Ford replied: “Prison Service officials are nearing completion of the outline business case for the redevelopment of Magilligan prison, which will be submitted for approval within the next two months.

 

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