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Taoiseach pledges funds for A5 and Narrow Water Bridge

The Dublin government has pledged £75 million to the construction of the A5

Leo Varadkar has restated his government's commitment to funding infrastructure projects north of the border – including the A5 road linking Dublin, Derry and Donegal.

During his speech in Belfast yesterday, the taoiseach said the Fine Gael administration was working on an "ambitious multi-annual 10-year capital plan" that would be finalised by the end of this year.

He said it would outline investment in roads, public transport, energy and other infrastructure.

He said the capital plan would include funding details for key road links.

"We remain committed to contributing £75 million to the construction of the A5," he said.

"In this context the Irish government will also give consideration to other infrastructure commitments including the Ulster Canal, the concept of the Narrow Water Bridge, and improving line speeds on the Dublin to Belfast rail line."

The taoiseach said the plan would benefit people and businesses on both sides of the border.

Last month, The Irish News reported the stalled A5 upgrade has had its planned funding allocation reduced for this year.

Stormont had proposed setting aside £40m during the 2017-18 financial year, but the figure has been cut to £10m.

Efforts to upgrade the road were first agreed back in 2007 but have suffered years of setbacks.

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