Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has welcomed the decision by Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission to the Narrow Water Bridge.
Ms Ruane said,
“Following the decision in the North on Friday to grant permission this announcement today will allow the project to move ahead to the next stage.
“I attended a meeting with Bord Pleanála in June to make a presentation for planning permission to be granted so I am delighted with the announcement today. It shows that Bord Pleanála has listened to the views of all interested parties lobbying for this bridge.
“I would like to thank all those who also attended hearings with Bord Pleanála including local councilors, the Chamber of Commerce and the local community who send letters of support.
“The focus of the campaign will now move towards the Special EU Programme Body so that Interreg funding can be accessed for the bridge.
“I will be speaking to our local MEP’s including Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson to maintain the pressure so that this bridge can become a reality for the people of South Down and Louth.