The A5 transport corridor

Promises, promises

Sir, – The Government’s commitment to the funding of that hardy perennial of the North West, the A5 transport corridor, is now “total” (News, February 20th). Since the 2006 St Andrews agreement, the road has been “a strategic priority for governments both north and south”. Despite cancelling it in 2012, Enda Kenny remained “politically committed” to the scheme. Under the Fresh Start agreement on Northern Ireland, then-minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan promised in 2015 that the Government remained “supportive of the commitment”, which didn’t produce much cash. As taoiseach, in 2017, Leo Varadkar gave a “cast-iron commitment” to the link between Dublin, Derry and Donegal, adding, “I want to see the project go ahead as quickly as possible”. Nothing happened. The revival of the A5 under the Shared Island initiative gives hope but no-one in Donegal is holding their breath. – Yours, etc,


Gaoth Dobhair,

Co Dhún na nGall.