Delegates meet Taoiseach to discuss stalled A5

A delegation of cross-border politicians met Enda Kenny last week to discuss the stalled A5 road scheme between Derry and Aughnacloy in County Tyrone.

The High Court blocked permission for the dual carriageway project in April. Even though millions have already been spent on the proposed road, the project faces an indefinite delay after Roads Minister Danny Kennedy decided not to challenge the ruling.

The scheme was/is part of a proposed cross-border business route. On Thursday, Northern Ireland politicians met Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin to try to find a way forward.

The Irish premier and transport minister Leo Varadkar were asked to work with Stormont minister Danny Kennedy on a revised plan, while the cross-border delegation also pressed for assurances that Dublin’s original £400m commitment for the road will be included in future budgets.

Sinn Fein MLA Declan McAleer said: “We were seeking reaffirmation from the Taois-each of the funding of £25m in 2015 and £25m in 2016 for the A5 would still be available.” Donegal TD Padraig MacLochlainn added: “I am delighted that the Taoiseach and Mr Varadkar have now reiterated the same commitment to the A5 as given by Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson.”