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A5 Road raised at Joint Committee Meeting -McAleer

Published: 8 February, 2013

Declan pictured with Tom Hayes TD, chair of the committee for transport and communication.

Declan pictured with Tom Hayes TD, chair of the committee for transport and communication.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has raised the issue of Irish governmental funding for the A5 during a meeting between the DRD Committee and the Dail's Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. Speaking ahead of the High court hearing into the project which is scheduled for this week Mr. McAleer stated, "The DRD committee were in Leinster House as part of their inquiry into efficiencies in public transport. One of the themes we discussed was how to maximise cross border co-operation. I took the opportunity to raise the issue of Irish Government funding for the A5, a key cross border corridor linking the North West of Ireland to the rest of the country. "I reminded the committee that the government had agreed to co fund the project but had scaled down this commitment and I updated them on our attempts to keep it on the Ministers agenda and the fact that it was an Assembly Executive priority. "I also highlighted the huge social and economic benefits that this project would bring to the North West and stressed that this was a golden opportunity for the Irish government to effectively extend the N2 into the furthest North West corner of the country, including Donegal. "Given that the legal hearing on A5 is taking place at the High Court this week, I felt that the engagement with the Transport Committee in Dublin was very timely. Both committees unanimously agreed to meet regularly in future to discuss the A5 and other projects of mutual interest. "If the court rules in favour of DRD, it is hoped that work on the road could commence in April. This would be a huge boost to the local construction industry but would also place a greater focus on the Irish government to live up to their commitment to fund the remaining section."