Regional Development Minister says no to Irish road signs

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Saturday, March 31st, 2012
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has this week said no to introducing bi-lingual signage across Northern Ireland. The move to erect signs in both English and Irish was first considered last year by the previous Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy. Mr Kennedy said, “Following the conclusion of the consultation I have decided not to introduce bi-lingual traffic signs. This policy proposal, would have resulted in extra costs and serves no operational need for Northern Ireland’s road network.” “Given the challenging economic times that we are living in, it is imperative that my Department’s limited resources are prioritised and focused on issues that will directly improve the safe and efficient use of the road network.” The MLA continued, “As Roads Minister, my aim is to deliver on the agreed priorities set out in the Northern Ireland Executive’s Programme for Government where key targets have been set on investment in the strategic road network, road maintenance, public transport and water and sewerage services.”
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