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McAleer welcomes latest confirmation on A5 upgrade

13 May, 2015 - by Declan McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the latest confirmation that the Executive and Irish government remains committed to the upgrade of the A5. 

The West Tyrone MLA said; 

"In his report on the most recent North South Ministerial Council meeting, Roads Minister Danny Kennedy reiterated the support of ministers from the Executive and Irish government for the project. 

"The minister also said he intents to circulate a paper to his Executive colleagues on the A5 in the coming weeks. 

"This is great news and will be welcomed by the vast majority of people who want to see progress on this project. 

"I also raised the economic benefits of the A5 with the then Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, and she said she had recently met with members of the business community in Omagh and Strabane, including McColgan's, who said the A5 upgrade would greatly assist their business. 

"Securing the A5 dual carriageway project is a top priority for Sinn Féin.  It is essential for economic development, job creation, reducing journey times and most importantly, reducing the number of road deaths and injuries.  

"We will take every opportunity to keep this project high on the agenda at Stormont and in Leinster House."

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