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Derry City Council has been given the go-ahead for a compulsory purchase order for land to extend the runway at the city's airport.
The approval was signed by Northern Ireland Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy.
The land is being sought by the council as part of a runway safety scheme.
It follows recommendations of an independent public inquiry that claimed the runway safety scheme was essential for the safe management of the airport and it was in the public interest.
The purchase order includes houses, agricultural land and other buildings.
Mr Murphy, the Sinn F?in MLA for Newry and Armagh, said he recognised the distress that people face when asked to give up their homes and properties, but he said he was satisfied that the lands are needed for the safe use of the runway.
Seventeen objections to the council's application for vesting were received. They were considered at a public inquiry in April.
Mr Murphy said he hoped the council would deal sensitively with the owners in taking possession of their land and said the council should continue its efforts to assist the relocation of those concerned.
The railway "could " be put into a tunnel, but they would
be worried about about terrorist attacks Al Quida and that
lot. It would be the ideal solution as there is 1200m of
open land available between the tracks and the shore.
Ofcourse they would point out that the main road at the
02 end is very close to that threshold.
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