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Varadkar must give assurance of no A5 u-turn – Ellis

9 November, 2011

Sinn Féin transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on Minister for Transport Leo Varadker to give a clear assurance that his government will not be abandoning plans to part fund the building of the A5 Donegal/Derry to Dublin road. He was speaking in the Dáil following claims that the project was in doubt due to planned cuts.

Deputy Ellis said:

“The A5 is a vital project. It will link Donegal to the rest of the State and open up the North West to investment, creating jobs and easier access. It will also contribute greatly to road safety in the region. The Fine Gael/Labour government have said they will support the project as recently as last month.

“The North West and border regions have for too long been neglected and this project offers a lifeline to Donegal, Derry and other places which face low economic activity and high unemployment and migration.

“I call on the Minister to meet with his counterparts in Stormont and local representatives to discuss any difficulties in order to ensure that this very important project is not lost to the area. I have spoken with local MP Pat Doherty and TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn at length and we will continue to work to see the hard work of both governments and in particular Conor Murphy MLA comes to fruition.”

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