North’s First and Deputy First Ministers to meet Taoiseach over A5 today

The North's First and Deputy First Ministers will speak to Taoiseach Enda Kenny today about the decision of the Irish Government to withdraw funding from the A5 road scheme for the next budget period.

In a statement after an Executive Meeting last night, the two ministers said the Executive remains committed to the project and also notes that the Irish Government has committed itself to delivering it on a longer timescale.

The statement concludes they will be meeting the Taoiseach today to achieve maximum clarity on this issue.

Meanwhile, Donegal North-East Deputy, Padraig McLaughlin has said that the Northern Executive are committed to the A5 project.

Concerns were raised at comments made by the North's Finance Minister Sammy Wilson that the funding due to be provided by the Stormont Executive on the A5 would now be spent elsewhere.

But Deputy McLaughlin said after speaking to senior members of Sinn Fein in the North, it's clear that the Northern Executive want the A5 project to go ahead, and they will make that clear to Enda Kenny today....

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