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Doherty welcomes Irish government 13.5 million budget commitment to A5

15 October, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the 13.5 million Euro made available in yesterday's Irish government budget towards planning works for the A5 Dual Carriageway between Aughnacloy and Derry.

He said,

"Given the state of public finances in the 26 counties, there was speculation from some local political quarters that the Irish government would now draw back from its commitment to part fund the upgrade the A5 between Aughnacloy and Derry to dual carriageway standard along its 55 mile route. I welcome yesterday's budget announcement that a capital provision of €13.5 million is being made available in 2009 towards the planning works for this project as it is evidence of the Irish governments continued commitment towards this essential infrastructure project.

"Sinn Féin was to the fore in the campaign for the A5 upgrade and since assuming the Roads Ministerial portfolio Conor Murphy has made the dualling of the A5 a top priority and is committed to ensuring that it is completed within the shortest possible timeframe in conjunction with the Irish government.

"During Ministerial questions on Monday of this week, Conor Murphy says that following a series of public information events held at venues along the A5 route, work has progressed to identify a preferred corridor and that an announcement on the preferred corridor is now expected before the end of the year. The preferred corridor will contain several route options which will be put out to public consultation, and people who live along that corridor will be given an opportunity to comment on it." ENDS

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