British Prime Minister John Major has announced that closed roads along the Northern Ireland border will be reopened.

The northern security forces would close the cross border roads. Activists like the Combined Border Roads Association would try to open them again. It was a war fought with shovels and JCBs. Now, it's over.

Michael McPhillips, Chairman of the Fermanagh/Monaghan Association welcomes the decision to open the roads after years of campaigning. 

You were tearing parishes apart by closing roads.

The closure of the roads had been about more than just an inconvenience. For nationalists, the blocked roads symbolised the border and division. 

At the height of the closures, fifty out of fifty nine roads from Fermanagh into the Republic were closed.

John James Donoghue is a farmer along the border who welcomes the announcement. He describes how the road closures had inconvenienced his livelihood on a daily basis. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 October 1994. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.