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Murphy attends All-Ireland Council Meeting on Transport

4 November, 2009

The North South Ministerial Council met in Dublin today in transport sectoral format.

Attending the meeting was Sinn Féin Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy, alongside DUP Environment Minister Edwin Poots and 26 County Transport Minister Noel Dempsey.

Speaking after the meeting Conor Murphy said: “Today’s meeting has been very productive. A range of matters were discussed including the latest position regarding the Malahide bridge collapse and the planned service re-launch due shortly.”

“In addition to this we discussed the fact that the new Newry Train station has been operational since 7 September at a cost of £14.6m and will be officially opened by myself towards the end of this month.”

“Also, West of the Bann great progress is also being made on the major A5 road project and the A8 in the North-East. We expect to appoint contractors/designers for both projects by late autumn 2009.”

Other issues which were reviewed by Minister’s included progress on the existing road safety strategies and on a new strategy for the North. Ministers also reviewed continuing All-Ireland co-operation in the areas of advertising and publicity, research and enforcement.

The Council noted that a contractor has been appointed to undertake the replacement of the bridges on the Tyrone Monaghan border with a completion date in Winter 2010 also. The next meeting is scheduled for March 2010 and will be hosted by Conor Murphy.

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