Abandonment of A5 project would be a ‘disgrace’ – Ó Domhnaill

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Dohmnaill has described as “disgraceful” reports that the Government is set to abandon funding for the A5 Derry to Aughnacloy motorway.

Senator Ó Domhnaill has pointed to the enormous economic, social and political implications of such a move and has urged the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to reconsider.

“We cannot allow this crucial infrastructure project to join an ever-growing list of broken promises from this Government.  Years of work have gone into this project and the previous Government made a joint commitment with Stormont to have it up and running by 2015.  The previous Government realised just how important this transport link is for a variety of reasons, and was fully committed to continuing to provide the funding to make it a reality.

“During the general election campaign, Fine Gael and Labour promised voters in the North West that they would honour the commitment of the previous Government in relation to the A5 Derry to Aughnacloy motorway.  Since then, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has repeated this promise both in speeches and in writing.  To now break those promises just eight months into Government would be a disgrace. 

“The A5 Derry to Aughnacloy road must go ahead. It is an essential piece of infrastructure with huge benefits to the region.  I am calling on the Government to think twice before undoing all the good work that has been done on this project since it was first agreed in 2006.”

Posted: Nov 9, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized