Joint Oireachtas Committee Lends Support to A5 Project
Published: 17 September, 2012
Members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee
Councils from the North West have been given a commitment by the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement that it will champion the case for a Dual Carriageway connecting the North West to Dublin. A delegation from Donegal, Monaghan, Derry, Strabane, Omagh, Dungannon & South Tyrone Councils had travelled to Dublin to give evidence to the Committee.
In a joint presentation the Councils highlighted the economic and social benefits which would result from the completion of a Dual carriageway from the North West to join the M1 north of Dublin. They emphasised the importance of starting construction without further delay on the funded sections of Dual Carriageway from New Buildings to Strabane and from Omagh to Ballygawley and outlined a programme of preparatory work and statutory processes which needs to commence now on the sections from the border to the M1 north of Dublin and between Letterkenny and Strabane. The delegation acknowledged that the current economic environment will have an impact on the timeframe for the delivery of the Dual Carriageway in its entirety but emphasised that the scheme can be funded and constructed on a phased basis over eight to ten years and will provide for the economic development and prosperity of the North West region for generations in the future."
Speaking after meeting, Sinn Féin Councillor Frankie Donnelly who represented Omagh District Council, said
"The Committee was very impressed by the collaborative approach by Councils North and South and were anxious to identify how they could assist in progressing this cross border project which is a tangible outworking of the Good Friday Agreement and the St Andrews Agreement.
"I stressed the need to make early progress on the sections of the A5 which have been funded to the tune of £280m by the Executive in the North and emphasised the potential of this major construction project to be part of an economic recovery programme creating hundreds of much needed jobs and injecting millions of pounds into our hard pressed local construction sector.
"In particular I welcome the commitment of the Committee to be a Champion for the project and I look forward to an ongoing engagement with the Committee to review progress''.