CONFIRMED: Payment for A5/N2 road upgrade to be delayed because of Children’s Hospital overrun

It’s been confirmed that the Government’s to delay payment for works on the main Monaghan to Derry road. The N2/A5 upgrade programme would see works carried out from the border at Aughnacloy to Derry – the main route linking the city with Dublin.

The Irish Government was to make a €27 million contribution to the project but this will be deferred because of the cost overrun at the National Children’s Hospital. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made the announcement this afternoon saying the payment wouldn’t be made this year anyway because of the lack of a Stormont Executive. But the announcement was met with anger in the Dáil:

Works on the A5/N2 Road are jointly funded by the British and Irish Governments, and is the main link between Dublin and the North West. Planning for the A5 section was challenged by protest groups in Northern Ireland, with the Department of Infrastructure withdrawing the plans last year before lodging a fresh application.