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A5 project should go ahead Sinn Féin MP claims

Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has said a recent court ruling on an incinerator in Co Antrim should not derail progress on the A5 road project
Connla Young

SINN FÉIN has said that the controversial A5 upgrade should not be further delayed because of previous court rulings.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley spoke out after freight operators voiced fears that the project could face fresh delays.

Earlier this week Seamus Leheny, a policy manager at the Freight Transport Association, said the stalled 55-mile scheme between Derry and the border at Aughnacloy may be further put back due to the lack of ministers at Stormont and planned legal action.

A legal challenge to the upgrade is due to be heard next month.

Earlier this year a court ruled that senior civil servants should not have approved the planned £240 million Arc21 waste incinerator on the outskirts of north Belfast in the absence of the Stormont executive.

Ms Begley believes the incinerator decision should have no impact on the A5.

“The A5 is in a very different position because it already has executive approval,” she said.

“In fact, it is an Executive flagship project and the last minister Chris Hazzard put clear directions in place for the department to proceed.”

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