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High profile meeting with OFMDFM on A5 scheduled-Doherty
Published: 1 May, 2013
Pat Doherty MP, Michaela Boyle MLA & party activist Grace McDermott visiting businesses to promote the A5 campaign
West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that the A5 remains top of the political agenda and this is illustrated with a cross-party delegation of MPs, TDs and MLAs representing Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Monaghan now scheduled to meet with Peter Robinson and Martin Mc Guinness to discuss delivery of the strategic infrastructure project on Monday 13 May.
The local MP who was involved in organising this meeting with OFMDFM said,
"I have already met with Martin Mc Guinness and he is determined to ensure that the A5 project is put back on track as quickly as possible.
"While the complexion of the delegation to meet the Joint First Ministers is important in symbolic terms, the upcoming meeting is very much about the practicalities of the how the Assembly's current budgetary timelines can be re-profiled to meet the envisaged new timescale of the Habitats Directive being completed.
"While the High Court decision was undoubtedly a set-back in terms of the timescale for delivery of the A5, this strategic infrastructure project remains a key priority of the Assembly Executive's Programme for Government with the Irish government also stating that it remains firmly committed to it.
"Since the High Court announcement, I have been engaged in an intensive number of meetings with the 'Action for A5 Campaign Group', with the A5 Contractors, Roads Service, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly's DRD Committee, and working in parallel with the Joint Councils A5 Working Group there is a now a very co-ordinated action plan to secure certainty around the delivery of the project as quickly as possible.
"The "Action for A5 Campaign Group" has also launched both an online and hardcopy petition re-enforcing the case for the A5 and local Sinn Féin activists have been helping to distribute petition forms in shops and businesses throughout Omagh and Strabane over recent days and I would urge everyone possible to sign highlight the demand.
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