Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (599)

Joe McHugh


599. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on his commitment to the development of the N2 A5 link between the north-west and Dublin. [11319/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

At the NSMC Plenary meeting on 8th November 2011 Ministers noted that the provision of further funding by the Irish Government for the A5 road was being deferred but that the Irish Government will provide £25m per annum in 2015 and 2016 towards the project.  The Irish Government indicated that it remains committed to the completion of the co-funded A5 project which is of strategic importance to the North West Region and the island as a whole but  that the Government is not in a position to make funding commitments for the period post-2016 in advance of its consideration of the next capital review framework.  This remains the Government's position.

The implementation of the A5 project is a matter for the Northern Ireland authorities and a decision was made in 2012 to proceed with the construction of two sections between Derry to Strabane and Omagh to Ballygawley. That decision is currently the subject of a judicial review and therefore cannot proceed at present. Funding beyond that already committed will be considered in 2015 in the context of preparing a new capital plan for 2017 onwards.