Dublin may restore A5 funds – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the Irish government has agreed to review its decision to withdraw £400 million funding for the A5 road expansion. Gearóid Ó hEára and Martin McGuinness

Speaking in the Assembly Mr McGuinness said he believes progress can be made on the issue following a discussion at last week’s North South Ministerial Council meeting. 

Mr McGuinness said; 

“I was pleased to report to the Assembly today that the Taoiseach has agreed to review the decision to withdraw from the A5 project. 

“We had a very constructive discussion at the NSMC and the Taoiseach gave a clear commitment to seek additional structural funds to restore their contribution to this essential North-South project. 

“I very much welcome that commitment because a restoration of the funds from Dublin will reignite this entire project. 

“At the same time, I am continuing to engage with the North’s Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to ensure the legal issues which have delayed the northern end of the project are expedited without delay.” 

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