‘G8 road work stoppages excessive’ – Ruane

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Sunday, May 19th, 2013
Community, Politics
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has labeled the stopping of road and street works for the G8 summit completely excessive. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane stated, “The request by Road Service to stop road and street works for 11 days over the G8 summit is completely excessive. “Such a request will delay current projects, require a rescheduling across the board and provisions would have to be made as to any possible loss of earnings to contractors and their employees. “I can understand how perhaps areas around the International Airport and the venue for the G8 may be effected but to place a Six County wide moratorium on road works cannot be justified. “The construction industry in the South Down region is suffering badly from the recession without any further impediments being put in their way. The G8 conference is miles away from South Down and I cannot see how stopping road improvements in Downpatrick or Warrenpoint will impact on the security of the conference. Ruane added, “The Minster for Regional Development must review this decision and allow road works to continue in the vast majority of areas.”
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