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McCallion urges Taoiseach to restore A5 cash

12 October, 2017 - by Elisha McCallion

Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has called on An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to restore the Irish Government’s full £400m commitment towards the A5 Derry-Dublin road project.


The Foyle MP said she was disappointed at the failure to include an explicit commitment to restore the money in this week’s budget from the Dublin Government.


“I believe the budget was a missed opportunity to restore Dublin’s financial commitment to this project,” she commented.


“However, with the Taoiseach due in Derry this week, I am sure the A5 will feature heavily in all of his engagements and his visit would be the ideal opportunity to make a positive intervention on the A5.


“I will certainly be calling on him to restore the full £400 million, which was originally committed.


“While we recognise and welcome the fact that the Irish government pledged £75 million as part of the Fresh Start Agreement, what people in the North West really need to see is the full commitment restored.


“This is a key infrastructure project that would open up the entire north-west region and bring benefits on an all-island basis so there is a responsibility on both Belfast and Dublin Government to ensure it is fully resourced.


“And with work now well underway on the A6, similar progress on the A5 will go a long way to redressing the infrastructure deficit that exists in the North West.”

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