West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Doherty comments following attendance at A5 Judicial Review Hearing

Published: 19 February, 2013

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says the vast majority of people in West Tyrone are fully behind the A5 Dual Carriageway and do not support the Judicial Review taken by Alternative A5 Alliance to block the road proceeding.

The local MP, along with party MLA Declan Mc Aleer, attended a portion of the ongoing Judicial Review evidence being heard in the High Court in Belfast.

On leaving the Court he said, "This Judicial Review against the A5 is not being taken in the name of the vast majority of people and is perceived as a last ditch effort to block what represents a vital strategic development for the economic regeneration of not only this constituency but of the north west region of Ireland as a whole."

"If the court rules in favour of DRD in this case, then work on the Derry to Strabane and Omagh to Ballygawley sections should finally commence in April and, in the immediate term, this will provide a huge boost to the beleaguered construction industry, associated services and local economy."

"Sinn Féin has spearheaded the campaign for the A5 dual carriageway and our party ensured within the Assembly Executive that when the Irish government reneged on its co-funding commitments that the necessary funding to commence these two phases of the overall route would be ring-fenced."

"However, the major task ahead is to ensure that the entire planned route of the dual carriageway is completed in the shortest possible time frame as it is only then that the maximum socio-economic benefit and road safety improvement can be derived for this region and its communities."

"Sinn Féin will be continuing to focus on and work towards this objective and will be particularly seeking the Irish government to fulfil its commitments and responsibilities towards the A5 Dual Carriageway. The commencement of these two phases will place greater pressure on the Irish government to live up to its commitments towards funding the final phase."