Sinn Féin Cllr. Cora Harvey has welcomed confirmation that the N14 project has reached another important stage, with a CPO issued for the Lifford-crossing section of the road and a submission made to An Bord Pleanála with a decision due in December.
Cllr. Harvey said she was encouraged by the developments.
“This is an important stage to have reached and is another step towards Donegal’s link-up to the Derry-Aughnacloy dual carriageway,” Cllr. Harvey said.
The councillor said that the northwest and border counties were the most economically disadvantaged areas of Ireland, “having suffered the double whammy of partition on top of our peripheral status along the western seaboard.
“This disadvantage manifests itself in many ways not least in having the worst transport infrastructure of any region in the country,” she said. “Key to overcoming this transport infrastructure deficit is the securing of the upgrade of the N14, A5, N2 main arterial route between the northwest, through the border counties, and onto Dublin.”
The Stranorlar area councillor said, “Long journeys on substandard roads drive up transport costs for business and industry, with the northwest and border counties becoming increasingly less competitive in economic terms especially while other regions of Ireland undergo major transport infrastructure improvements.”
She said Sinn Féin will continue to campaign and lobby for the project’s completion.