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NI infrastructure to benefit from Budget bill

Words: Roger Milne
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MPs have approved special legislation that will give legal authority for money allocated in the Northern Ireland Budget to be spent by the Northern Ireland Executive.

The move also involves the £410 million secured by the DUP as part of its deal with the Conservative government.

A significant portion of this funding – £200 million –  is intended for infrastructure schemes. This will include Belfast’s York Street Interchange Project as well as “other priorities”.

The approved expenditure will also help provide for the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband in Northern Ireland.

During the debate in the Commons on the measures, MPs lined up to voice concern that the political vacuum in the province was threatening key schemes like the north-south interconnector, the upgrade of the A5, plans to remove heavy lorries from Hillsborough and proposals to improve Kilkeel harbour.

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