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Sinn Féin to meet EU Transport Commissioner in campaign for Donegal-Dublin Motorway

4 September, 2006

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and Donegal Councillors Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn will travel to the European Parliament today, Monday 4th September, where along with party colleague Bairbre de Brún MEP they will meet the EU Commissioner for Transport Jacques Barrot to press the case 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 from Donegal to Dublin.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Mr Doherty said:

"Earlier this year, Sinn Féin launched its proposals for the radical upgrading of the road infrastructure in particular the N14/A5/N2 route.

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

"The North West and border counties are amongst the greatest areas of socio-economic need in Ireland and have benefited least in terms of EU structural funding for infrastructure. Not only do the people of the North West deserve the a first class road and rail infrastructure, failure to invest in this region will seriously undermine its long term economic prospects. This is the message we will be taking to the European Union and both the Irish and British Governments in the time ahead.

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

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