Belfast Telegraph

Protesters: we’ll stand in way of Northern Ireland’s biggest road scheme

By Linda Stewart

Environmental campaigners have said they will use direct action to hold up construction of Northern Ireland’s biggest road scheme.

Campaigners at the weekend’s Climate Camp Ireland in Victoria Bridge, Co Tyrone, marched through the village brandishing a ‘Retrain Transport’ banner, following meetings with local residents and farmers opposed to the controversial A5 dual carriageway plan.

Organisers estimate that around 160 green activists converged on the sleepy Co Tyrone village over the four days of the climate camp, where they took part in workshops on climate justice, critical mass, permaculture and the role of the banks.

Following meetings with local residents, they visited nearby woods that lie in the path of the dual carriageway, which is expected to shave 20 minutes off the journey from Derry to Dublin.

Campaigner Molly Walsh said: “We will be keeping in touch with local people and supporting them at the public inquiry. If they do start building roads they can expect a lot of direct action against the work. We will make it twice as difficult to do the work. Direct action can really slow a project like this down.

“The cost of the project is a really big thing for us. £400m has been promised from Dublin and £500m from the UK — that’s nearly a billion to build a road to take 20 minutes off the journey from Dublin.”

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