Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has expressed his shock and anger at reports that the Government is to abandon its commitment to completing the A5 Derry to Aughnacloy motorway. Deputy McConalogue was responding to media reports that the Government are due to halt funding for this crucial road project in the upcoming budget.
“If these reports are true, this is a major blow for Donegal and the North West and would amount to a complete abandonment of firm election commitments from both Fine Gael and the Labour Party,” said Deputy McConalogue.
“The previous Government was fully committed to this project and had set aside funding in the four-year National Recovery Plan to have it fully completed by 2015. Fine Gael and Labour promised voters in the North West that they would deliver the A5 project if elected to Government. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny repeated this commitment as recently May during a speech at the Institute of British-Irish studies in UCD. He quite clearly stated: “The previous government had committed to put money in there and we will honour that commitment.” (Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Institute for British-Irish Studies in UCD, 26th May 2011)
“Now it seems the A5 Derry to Aughnacloy road is joining a long list of broken promises from Fine Gael and Labour within their first few months of Government. People in the North West took their promises in good faith, and they will rightly feel let down and angry at this news today. This is the single most important infrastructure project for the North West region. To bring it to a screeching halt would be an extremely ill-advised and short-sighted move.
“The previous Government understood the enormous economic and social benefits of this project to the Donegal and the North West region. It should be built and operational as promised by 2015, ensuring that our region has the same quality of roads network that other parts of the county have achieved in recent years. I am urging the Government to think twice about making such a damaging decision that will hamper economic recovery in the North West.”