A spokesperson for the Northlands Centre in Derry has said that they welcome the news that the centre will be saved but said that there are still long-term issues if the centre is to remain open.

The spokesperson said: "Northlands very much welcomes the decision earlier this week by Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, to suspend the phasing out of Core Funding grants across Northern Ireland.

"The complete phasing out of its Core Funding grant would have placed the future of Northlands in real jeopardy.

"However, whilst the Minister’s decision has averted a crisis in the short term, there are still important issues which need to be addressed by the Department of Health to ensure the longer-term sustainability of Northlands’ work.

"In the meantime, Northlands would like to thank all of those who have helped to bring matters, at least for now, to a generally more positive place.

"We would like to thank the very large number of people who attended the public meeting called by Northlands on 2nd June 2016; the political parties in the Derry and Tyrone area (Sinn Fein, SDLP, DUP, UUP, PBP, INDEPENDENTS); the councillors of Derry City and Strabane District Council who received a deputation from Northlands on 19TH July 2016.

"The unswerving support of all these people has helped to bring about this important intervention by the Health Minister. We thank them, one and all."

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