According to a recent report, construction of the A5 motorway to connect Dublin and the border counties to Derry must be made a priority for the Irish and British governments. In 2015, the British and Irish governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland committed to providing funding of €57 million for the A5 Western Transport Corridor serving the North West.


The Irish Government was to make a €27 million contribution to the project but this was deferred because of the cost overrun at the National Children’s Hospital. In February, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the project has also faced delays due to the stalemate in re-establishing the Northern Ireland Executive. The Cross-Border Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities report published today examines the impact of Brexit on border communities and makes findings and recommendations to counter the negative effects of Brexit.

Chair of the committee Sean Crowe TD said the committee has recommended the comprehensive upgrading of infrastructure, both transport and broadband, to assist connectivity in the border region. “Both governments must formally recommit to the long-planned A5-N2 Dublin to Derry dualling project, highlighting its priority nature and repledging what was originally agreed,” he said. He said overall, uncertainty over what Brexit will be, and its potential impact, makes any assessment of challenges very difficult.

Denise Maguire        
Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine