Agenda item

Suspension of Standing Orders - Medical School at Magee

Minutes:

Councillor McCann Proposed a Suspension of Standing Orders, Seconded by Councillor Harkin to allow consideration of a proposal.

After voting by a show of hands, the result was unanimous and the Proposal was therefore carried.

The Mayor then invited Councillor McCann to address the Chamber.

Councillor McCann stated that Lord Adonis had recently highlighted in the House of Lords, the great deal of disillusionment regarding university provision in Derry and stated that this was the result of discrimination from many years ago, which persisted to this day.  He described as ‘unexpected’ the recent intervention by Lord Adonis when he successfully convinced the House of Lords to publish a report on university provision in the North and the establishment of a university whose principle campus would be located in Derry. He further stated that Lord Adonis noted the lack of action by the Ulster University. 

Continuing, Councillor McCann refuted any suggestion that exploring alternative options would have a negative impact on Derry’s City Deal.  He further stated that if a Medical School at Magee was approved it would still not reach the number of student intake required as promised by Ulster University.  He stated that the motion would permit other ways forward for a sustainable university in the City and that other ways must be reviewed rather than depending on Ulster University bringing it to Derry.

Councillor McCann Moved, Seconded by Councillor Harkin

In light of the recent remarks of Lord Adonis on university provision in Derry and the North West and of the deepening disillusionment of many in Derry at the lack of progress on the promised delivery of a Medical School at Magee, Council believes all options for university provision in the North West should be explored, including the expansion at Magee and options put forward by other groups such as the Derry University Group.

After voting by a show of hands the result was unanimous and the Council

 

Resolved       In light of the recent remarks of Lord Adonis on university provision in Derry and the North West and of the deepening disillusionment of many in Derry at the lack of progress on the promised delivery of a Medical School at Magee, Council believes all options for university provision in the North West should be explored, including the expansion at Magee and options put forward by other groups such as the Derry University Group.