Irish cross-border road project scrapped

A flagship transport project linking Northern Ireland with the Republic has been scrapped after the Irish Government withdrew its half of the funding.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson
Plans for the A5 project envisaged a dual-carriageway linking Dublin and Derry/Londonderry and was seen by the Northern Ireland Executive as a vital economic development project.

The £800 million cost of the project was to be split equally between Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

First minister Peter Robinson said: "I am disappointed at today's announcement that the A5 project will not now go ahead as planned. The executive will now need to immediately examine how best to reallocate the £400 million that had been set aside for the project.

Deputy first minister Martin McGuinness added: "I am bitterly disappointed that Irish Government has gone back on their commitment. This is a key route for the future economic growth of the north west and I intend to raise the matter with the Irish Government at the earliest opportunity."

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