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Cross border development meeting welcomed

14 June, 2013


Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer and member of the Regional Development Committee has welcomed the decision to invite the Dail's Joint Committee on Transport and Communications to Stormont to discuss all island infrastructure and transport matters.

 Mr. Mc Aleer stated,

 “At our joint meeting in Leinster House in February it was agreed that we should prioritise island-wide infrastructural projects and meet regularly to see how we can mutually advance these.

 ‘There are many areas of strategic importance but high on the agenda is progress on the A5 Western Transport Corridor.  This is one of the most crucial pieces of infrastructure, which will connect the North West to Dublin, and will also create an important east-west corridor to promote trade, investment and reduce deaths and injury on our roads.

 “In addition to the delay on the actual A5 getting underway, there are also many knock on effects.  For example, the 300-metre bridge over the river Finn outside Strabane, which will provide a seamless link to the N14 to Letterkenny and the North West, is also on hold due to the A5 legal challenge.  

 “The repercussions of the A5 delay are widespread.  The Irish government have committed to funding a section of the A5 so it is important that we have this discussion with the committee, particularly in the context of their discussions on the budget.

 “The meeting which will be scheduled for the Autumn is the latest in highlighting the benefits of working on an all Ireland basis in delivering projects that are beneficial to communities on both sides of the border.”

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