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Sinn Féin calls for unity of purpose on A5

Published: 23 April, 2013

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Dan Kelly has called for unity of purpose on the A5 describing calls such as those from SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan in Derry for the finance allocated for the project to be now diverted to the A6 instead as ill-judged.

The Glenelly based councillor who sits on the Joint Councils A5 Working Group said,

"Prior to and following the High Court judgement quashing work orders on the A5, we had both Finance Minister Sammy Wilson and indeed the Roads Minister Danny Kennedy himself publically flying kites to the effect that the money for the A5 could be diverted into the A6 Scheme instead. Given that the A6 Scheme is nowhere near shovel ready, I believe that this was an intentional red-hearing designed to divide and conquer opinion west of the Bann and a calculated attempt to dissipate the demand for the A5 to proceed.

"It is unfortunate that some, including Mark H Durkan, fell for this ruse so I would urge all those in positions of influence, particularly elected representatives in the northwest to re-affirm their commitment to the A5, as we step up the political demand for the Assembly Executive to re-calibrate the budget to enable the A5 to proceed within the new time-frame and as we re-double our lobbying focus on the southern government to honour the joint financial commitment to the A5 project it entered as part of the Saint Andrews Agreement."