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Doherty welcomes A5 decision

18 November, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Fein TD for Donegal South West, Pearse Doherty, has welcomed the decision taken by the North South Ministerial Council not to axe the A5 despite the Irish government decision to defer up to 80% of its funding for the project.

Deputy Doherty said:
“Today’s news that the A5 will proceed is great news for the people and the local economy of the North West. The decision by the North South Ministerial Council will ensure that this project goes ahead.

“The news will come as a great relief to local people who were fearful that the project would not go ahead following the decision by Fine Gael and Labour to defer the funding. The decision by Fine Gael and Labour was reckless, was in break of the St Andrews Agreement and put the future of this road in jeopardy.

“Much of the credit for today’s decision must go to the Northern Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA and his departmental colleague Sinn Féin MLA for Derry Martina Anderson who kept in constant contact with myself and my Donegal colleague Padraig MacLoughlinn over recent weeks.

“A new time frame and funding agreement will be in place in time for the next North South Ministerial Council meeting in June 2012.” ENDS

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