Call for A5 investment strategy

Sinn F�in councillor Barney O'Hagan. (0211MM14)
Sinn F�in councillor Barney O'Hagan. (0211MM14)

Sinn Féin councillor Barney O’Hagan has called for a strategy to be put in place to maximise the benefits of the A5 project.

Colr. O’Hagan made the call after Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the A5 redevelopment remains a priority for the Executive.

The project stalled following a High Court ruling on an environmental assessment of the road redevelopment plans, but politicians and campaigners have insisted that it could still go ahead.

Colr. O’Hagan said: “I was part of a delegation who travelled to Stormont to meet with Martin McGuinness and was delighted to learn that the A5 project will go ahead as soon as the legal matters are resolved.

“I was also happy that the Executive will prioritise other infrastructural projects West of the Bann in order to use the monies freed up from the delay so that they are not lost.

“This is a major commitment to the entire North West region so it is important that we are prepared to maximise the benefits of this investment as soon as it begins,” he said.

Colr. O’Hagan also said he will be lobbying the Dublin government on the issue.

“We will now be meeting An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in order to reinforce the importance of this project to the North West region including Donegal. Mr. Kenny has promised to review the situation in 2013 and we will be pushing him to live up to the Irish Government’s original commitment.

“I will be now be looking to meet with statutory and governmental organisations including the business community to look at devising a strategy on how we unlock the massive potential of this investment for the benefit of the entire region,” Colr. O’Hagan said.