There has been a welcome from local councillors of news that Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has secured an assembly debate on the long awaited Dungiven bypass.
Cllr. Sean McGlinchey said “The debate is to take place next Tuesday 2nd December after for a long time being put on the back burner by the DRD minister Danny Kennedy who has taken to looking at another route. His indecision on the matter has led to claims of a sectarian motive on his part by blocking this project.”
“Myself and Sinn Féin have been repeatedly calling for progress on this bypass for decades at this stage. This stalling is doing nothing to help with the studies that have shown heath implications that the severe traffic flow right through the town of Dungiven is having and it appears the minister is more concerned with commercial opportunities than peoples health.”
“Sinn Féin have campaigned tirelessly on this matter and do not intend to give up at this stage. We have held a number of white line pickets in Dungiven and will continue to press the minister untill this matter is resolved.”
He added “The people of Dungiven have seen, what many would see as less important projects, be given the go ahead in recent years in spite of how long the town has waited for this and the impact it is having.”