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Conor Murphy has announced an inquiry into the new road between Londonderry and Aughnacloy

Conor Murphy has announced an inquiry into the new road between Londonderry and Aughnacloy

Conor Murphy has announced an inquiry into the new road between Londonderry and Aughnacloy

A public inquiry will be held into the new road between Londonderry and Aughnacloy.

There were more than 2,000 objections to the project during the consultation period, Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy said.

Mr Murphy said the inquiry was likely to start in May.

"As expected there has been considerable interest in the proposed A5 dualling project and it is important that public inquiries are held to discuss and debate the issues of contention associated with the published draft orders and environmental statement," he said.

"Projects of this scale will usually result in the holding of a public inquiry but, because of the length of the project and the extent of the interest, it has been decided that the A5 public inquiry will be held at a number of locations along the route.

"I welcome the interest in the project and hope that many of the matters of concern can be addressed either before or at the public inquiry which is likely to commence in May 2011."

The A5 project extends from New Buildings on the outskirts of Londonderry to the border with the Irish Republic at Aughnacloy.

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