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Completion of Millennium Way in Lurgan

Stephen Moutray of the DUP introduced the adjournment debate on the completion of Millennium Way in Lurgan, 7 February 2012.

"I'm going to start back in May 1976," he began.

Mr Moutray then quoted from a letter written by direct-rule minister Don Concannon laying down a long since overhauled timetable for completion of the road.

The DUP MLA said the people of Lurgan had been "given the runaround".

Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd backed Mr Moutray's call for completion.

He noted that the centre of Lurgan had gone through a successful regeneration.

Mr O'Dowd said the completion of the road would allow for the further development of the town.

Joanne Dobson of the DUP was also in favour of completion of Millennium Way, as was Dolores Kelly of the SDLP.

Regional development minister Danny Kennedy was sympathetic.

He said he had taken the opportunity to meet, and discuss the matter with, local traders and councillors.

The minister added that the limited funding that had been available for capital development had already been allocated to strategic routes.

He said he was convinced of the merits of the scheme, and added that, when money became available, he would consider schemes like the completion of Millennium Way.

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