The investment package announced today that will see a dual carriageway standard road linking Donegal to Dublin will go down in the history of the State as a milestone action of cross border cooperation.
That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East, Niall Blaney.
Deputy Blaney said; “This has been one of my central goals since I was first elected as an Independent TD to Dáil Eireann. Even as an independent I lobbied the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern on the issue.”
“And when Independent Fianna Fáil rejoined Fianna Fáil last year I stressed that the development of a high standard road linking Donegal to Dublin was my number one priority.”
“The €580 million investment package announced today will go down in history as a milestone example of cross border co-operation in the history of the State. This investment is confirmation of this Government’s determination to develop infrastructural links to the North West.”
“It effectively removes the biggest obstacle to future development in Donegal. Improved infrastructural links will make the county more accessible opening it up further to industrial development, and tourism.”
“Cross border co-operation is crucial to the development of the North West and Donegal and that is why this Government has been committed to such a significant North/South plan as outlined in the National Development Plan last year.”
“This is the first time that a NDP has included provisions for significant Irish Government investment in North/South projects and initiatives.”
“The investment in Derry City Airport, the electricity interconnection and the single electricity market are just some of the ways we are trying to work together in the interests of everyone on this island.”
“These projects and initiatives will mutually benefit the entire Island. They are designed to benefit the entire community in the North on the basis of sound economic principals and equality.
“The improvement of road links to Donegal, through the North, is paramount to the future of the county. This is significant news for the entire region of the North West and I would like to commend both the Minister for Finance Brian Cowen and Chancellor Gordon Brown on their collaboration on the road link,” said Deputy Blaney.