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Dual carriageway announcement highly significant

18 July, 2007

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty has heralded today's North/South Ministerial Council announcement that the N14, A5, N2 main arterial route through the North West is to be upgraded to dual carriageway status as one of the most significant developments in the recent history of this island.

The Sinn Féin MP, who along with other party representatives in the region, have been the spearheading the campaign for the upgrading of this route said,

"The significance of today's announcement cannot be underestimated. It is not only a significant step in the process of redressing the historical infrastructural deficit in this part of the island and all of the economic disadvantage that flows from that but it also signifies the universal acceptance that strategic planning on an All-Ireland basis is the way forward.

"DRD Minister Conor Murphy has signalled his intent to fast track this massive infrastructural deficit along with his Ministerial counterpart in the south and I, along with other Sinn Féin representatives, will continue to press for additional major investments in infrastructure, employment and services west of the Bann and in the North West Region as a whole so as to realise the objective of securing equality of the regions in an Ireland of Equals. ENDS

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