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Progress made on North West Dual Carriageway

14 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has welcomed today’s all-Ireland Ministerial meeting on transport which took place in Enniskillen.  Sinn Féin Minister Conor Murphy chaired the discussions which also involved DUP Minister Arlene Foster and Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey.  This is the first in a series of meetings where key decisions on transport planning and road safety will be taken.  The next meeting will take place in the south in December and Conor Murphy will host the third meeting in Newry in March 2008.

Senator Doherty said:

“This morning an all-Ireland Ministerial meeting on transport took place in Enniskillen.  The proceedings were chaired by Conor Murphy and also involved the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey.  One of the key issues discussed at the meeting was the upgrading of the main arterial route in the North West (N14, A5, N2) to dual carriageway status.  Support for this project was agreed at the All-Ireland Ministerial Council meeting in July.  It is vital for the economic regeneration of the North West that speedy progress is now made.  The Ministers agreed the next steps to progress this project and agreed the management structure required.

“Other issues discussed were cross border community based rural transport, the Belfast Dublin rail link and the restoration of two bridges on the Monaghan Tyrone border.  It is expected that work on the restoration of the two bridges will begin in 2008.

"The meeting also discussed road safety and the need for further co-operation on this issue.” ENDS


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