Council to lobby minister on A5 project

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Derry City Council have agreed to write to the Regional Development minister to urge him to press ahead with the A5 road development linking Derry to Aughnacloy.

Councillors from all parties backed a motion tabled by Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan which called on the minister to prioritise the project.

The issues was discussed at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council held in the Guildhall on Tuesday.

Proposing the motion, Colr. Hassan criticised what he described as “politically motivated” attempts to block the A5 development.

“This is a major project for Derry and the entire north west region, not just in terms of infrastructure, but also job creation,” he said.

SDLP councillor Thomas Conway supported the motion but criticised Sinn Féin over the A6 Dungiven by-pass project. “Our party support this motion and we would have supported it three years ago. Not only do we support this but we also support the A6. It is regretable that it was within the gift of the previous minister but it did not happen,” he said.

Colr. Eamon McCauley said; “I welcome the Irish government funding for this project. Following the Taoiseach’s visit to Altnagelvin last weekend, the infrastructural investment is needed in terms of bringing southern patients to the radiotherapy centre.”