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19m spend on airport safety work

City of Derry airport
Derry City Council paid 5m towards the safety work.

More than 19m has been spent on recent safety work at City of Derry airport, it has been revealed.

About 14m was paid by the British and Irish governments, with the remaining 5m paid for by Derry City Council.

The money was used to extend the airport's runway, which saw 17 homes demolished at nearby Donnybrewer.

The deputy town clerk, John Meehan, said the council did not yet know if the spend would have an impact on next year's bill for ratepayers.

"That's an issue that the city treasurer is currently working on and there are a number of challenges both in terms of the revenue and in terms of the capital side.

"Obviously the airport would be a significant challenge on the capital front," he said.

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