Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Ceisteanna (170)

Gerry Adams

Ceist:

170. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress being made with the A5 project; and the funding promised from his Department in order to complete this transport link. [8583/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

This Question relates to progress on the A5 road scheme. 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. 

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 judicial review proceedings and therefore can not proceed at present.