A5 appears to avoid chopping block

With the tidal wave of austerity in wake of the EU bailout flushing throughout the South of Ireland. Up here in Tyrone we sat patiently waiting expecting on news any day that the £400m package promised by the Irish Government would be first in line on the budget chopping block.

As one of the toughest budgets in the history of the Irish Free State becomes a reality, we waited for the news of the withdrawal of the too-good-to-be-true investment package in the A5/N2 and A8 dualling projects.

But as the 140 page National Recovery Plan 2011-2014 was published. Predictions for the demise of one of the biggest road projects in modern Irish history it seems, have been greatly exaggerated. Although not expressly mentioned in the report. Those patient enough to trawl through to page 84, under a small section labelled “Delivering Economic Infrastructure” will have read the following:

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