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Doherty confident of fast track approach to A5

4 September, 2007

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that he has been assured that Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy is determined to fast track the upgrade of the A5 road from Derry to Monaghan to dual carriageway standard.

Following a meeting with the Sinn Fein DRD Minister today Pat Doherty said,

"Given that the vital importance of the A5 dual carriageway upgrade to economic re-generation of this entire region of Ireland, I sought this formal meeting with Conor Murphy to find out what progress is being made.

"I was encouraged to learn that work has been continuing apace since the official announcement was made about the upgrade. Conor Murphy detailed his determination to continue the fast track approach to ensure that this major infrastructural project is brought to fruition in the shortest possible timeframe.

"He said that while the upgrade of the 80km long road was being broken up into 3-4 stages, work would be undertaken simultaneously on different stages of the route to ensure a fast track approach.

"Conor Murphy says as a next step he will be announcing the commissioning of a 'Route Corridor Study' next month to explore the alternative route options for the dual carriageway and the findings of this study will subsequently be put out to public consultation.

"Conor Murphy will be meeting his Dublin government counterpart Noel Dempsey in Enniskillen on September 14. He assured me that the A5 dual carriageway issue will once again be at the top of their joint Ministerial agenda and that the fast track approach to the A5 project had the full backing of both the Executive and the Dublin government." ENDS

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