Tyrone GAA pass notion calling for ‘full and immediate delivery’ of the A5 dual carriageway

The Tyrone GAA county board have unanimously supported a statement calling for the Department for Instrustruture (DFI) to deliver the A5 dual carriageway project in 2024.

A public inquiry into the much-delayed dual carriageway between Derry and Aughnacloy was held earlier this year with the finding currently being considered by the DFI.

Since the scheme was first granted Executive approval in 2007, 47 people have lost their lives on what campaigners have called ‘the most dangerous road in Ireland’

At Tuesday night’s annual county convention at their Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey, which is just off the A5, Tyrone GAA reiterated their support for the delivery of the dual carriageway.

“Tyrone GAA, once again, call upon DFI to confirm the immediate and full delivery of the A5 dual-carriageway,” the statement read.

“The existing A5 road has caused undue carnage, resulting in needless deaths, injuries and trauma for far too many years.

“Tyrone GAA stands in full solidarity with the families of all the victims of the A5. We commend the bravery of these families speaking out against this great injustice and thank them for their commitment to the new A5.

“The people of Tyrone and beyond have made it clear that enough is enough.

“The Department’s ongoing discussions with contractors is noted and welcomed by us and, therefore, we believe that there should be no further impediment to the commencement of the entire scheme next year (ie. 2024).”

Tyrone GAA launched a new campaign calling for the upgrade earlier this year with a banner unveiled prior to Tyrone’s Allianz Football League win over Kerry last March.

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