A5 Public Inquiry: Recommendations

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 16 April 2024.

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Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 2:15, 16 April 2024

I expect so, but, if legal challenges are being brought against me, I want a robust defence to be in place against them. Everyone has a right to access the courts to present their case. I understand the concerns of some in the farming community. As I have said in the House before, I am from a rural community, and I understand that grá

[Translation: love]

that the farmer has for their land.

I will use the example of the A4. I spoke to a farmer who lost a significant amount of land, and he said, "At the time I was opposed to it, but now I am proud that I did it". Since the A4 opened, two lives have been lost — that is too many — but we think of the death toll on that road beforehand, and that farmer said, "I am proud that I helped save those lives."