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Sinn Féin delegation to meet European Commissioner to press for Dublin - Donegal Motorway

17 August, 2006


A Sinn Féin delegation will travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the coming weeks (September 1st) to meet with the European Commissioner for Transport Jacques Barrot.

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and Donegal Councillors Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn will join party colleague Bairbre de Brún MEP in Strasbourg where they will present the European Commission with proposals for a 'Division 1A' road and rail infrastructure for the northwest and border counties including a motorway/ high quality dual carriageway for the N14/A5/N2 main arterial route to Dublin.

Speaking today West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty said:

"On September 1st a Sinn Féin delegation will travel to the European Parliament to meet with EU Commissioner for Transport Jacques Barrot. Earlier this year, Sinn Féin publicly launched its proposals calling for the radical upgrading of the road infrastructure in particular the N14/A5/N2 route.

"The delegation will present Mr Barrot with our proposals for a motorway/high quality dual carriageway for the N14/A5/N2 main arterial route between Dublin and Donegal. We will also provide Mr Barrot with an assessment of the infrastructural deficit experienced in the North West region and the border counties.

"The European Union has a unique opportunity to assist in the socio-economic integration of both the north and south of the country. Sinn Féin believes that the EU can make a valuable contribution towards ending partition in Ireland and we will take this message to Commissioner Barrot.

"The people of the North West of Ireland deserve a first class road and rail infrastructure. However, the reality remains that the North West and border counties are amongst the greatest areas of socio-economic need and have benefited least in terms of EU structural funding for infrastructure. This is the message we will be taking to the European Union and both the Irish and British Governments in the time ahead." ENDS

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