Re-affirmation on A5 cash not forthcoming from government

THE new Fine Gael/Labour coalition in Dublin has not yet re-affirmed its predecessor’s £400m contribution to the A5 and A8 road projects.

Roads Minister Conor Murphy said the latest re-affirmation of the funding commitment was given by the former Fianna Fáil/Green government. He said: “The Irish Government confirmed its commitment in 2007 to make a £400 million contribution to the A5 and A8 schemes, and the Executive agreed, to take both projects forward.

“This commitment was re-affirmed by the Irish Government most recently at a Plenary of the North South Ministerial Council, on 21 January 2011.”