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Sinn Féin advance case for North West-Dublin motorway in Europe

5 September, 2006

A Sinn Féin delegation including Pat Doherty MP, Bairbre de Brún MEP, Caoimhghín O Caoláin TD, and Cllrs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn of Donegal County Council today met with the EU Commissioner for Transport, Jacques Barrot, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in a further step in the party's ongoing campaign for a motorway from Dublin to the North West.

Speaking after the meeting, the delegation said the campaign for a major upgrading of the Dublin to North West route had been advanced significantly.

West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty said:

"Today we took the campaign for a motorway from the North West to Dublin to the highest level in Europe. We outlined our case in detail presenting Commissioner Barrot with a map of the island of Ireland clearly outlining the gap in infrastructural development to and in the North West. We also highlighted the social, economic, and political impact of partition on the region and the neglect of successive administrations North and South".

"The Commissioner acknowledged the gap in infrastructure and was clearly convinced by the case made. He undertook to speak to the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, Danuta Hübner and assured us that he will write to the relevant British and Irish Ministers and invite them to consider a formal joint approach to the problem." ENDS

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