Sinn Féin demands A5 meeting with an Taoiseach
In a joint statement following media reports that the Irish government has withdrawn funding for the A5 Aughnacloy/Derry dual carriageway, Pat Doherty MP, MLA (West Tyrone) and Sinn Féin Donegal TDs, Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn and Cavan-Monaghan TD, Caomhghín ÓCaolain have demanded a meeting with an Taoiseach to discuss the ramifications of such a decision.
Responding to the reports Pat Doherty said:
“Media reports quoting Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson claiming that the Irish government has withdrawn financial support for the dual carriageway from Aughnacloy to Derry is very disturbing.
“Along with my colleagues in the Dáil I will be seeking an urgent meeting with an Taoiseach to impress on him and his government their commitment to this project under the terms of the St Andrew's Agreement.
“This project was the result of protracted negotiations and agreement between the governments and political parties at St Andrew's and it is incumbent on the Irish government to fulfil its responsibility under that agreement.
Padraig MacLochlainn TD continued:
“This is just the latest indication of this government’s disdain for the Irish people and its complete subservience to the IMF/ECB. On the one hand an Taoiseach lectures the Irish people on the need to honour commitments when it comes to paying in full, unsecured Anglo bondholders but on the other seems to believe that it is okay to unilaterally derogate from an Irish government’s agreements entered into with the elected representatives of Irish citizens.
“This is unacceptable, the North West and Donegal/Derry in particular has been ignored for too long it’s time that this government delivered on its commitments.CRÍOCH