Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has warmly welcomed this morning news that An Bord Pleanála has given planning permission for the construction of a bridge near Warrenpoint, between South Down and County Louth.
Deputy Adams said:
“This is another vital piece in the jig-saw to secure the construction of this very necessary economic and strategic infrastructure project for the border region.
“The decision by An Bord Pleanála and by the North’s Department of Environment last week clears the way for the decision by the European authorities for funding to be made available.
“I want to commend all of those, especially the officials from the local councils, who have worked hard in recent years to secure planning permission.
“The Narrow Water Bridge will cost almost €18 million but its economic and social impact will be significantly greater. It will provide a huge boost to the local economy, create new jobs and spur economic growth in this region.”
Note to Editor:
The bridge is an opening bridge that enables tall ships, leisure craft and other marine vessels access to the Victoria Loch and the Albert Basin in Newry.
The bridge crosses the Newry River at Narrow Water to the Omeath Road at the Townland of Cornamucklagh, near the village of Omeath.
The total length of the scheme and bridge crossing is approximately 660 metres.
The proposed development is by Louth County Council in association with Newry and Mourne District Council.