Doherty welcomes commitments from A5 contractor that local economy will be major beneficiary of construction work
Published: 20 February, 2012
Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed written commitments he has received from Farrans and Graham, the appointed joint contractors for the Ballygawley to Omagh section of the A5, that it will be sourcing equipment, materials, subcontractors and construction workers locally when work is scheduled to start later this year and that the company anticipates that the vast majority of the money spent will go back into the local economy.
"When previous DRD Minister Conor Murphy announced the contracts awarded for the construction of the three sections of the A5 in December 2009, he also announced the inclusion of special 'social clauses' in these contracts to ensure that the local community and economy would benefit substantially during the construction phase.
"In this context, I therefore very much welcome today's written commitments from Farrans and Graham stating their intention to source equipment, materials, sub-contractors and construction workers locally and their expectation that most of the money spent will go back into the local economy and trust that the same approach will be adopted by the contractors appointed for the construction of the Newbuildings-Strabane section of the dual carriageway.
"The £330m investment in the construction of these two phases of the dual carriageway will undoubtedly provide a major boost to the local economy, both directly and indirectly.
"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 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."