Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that the decision today by the Special EU Programmes Body to fund the Narrow Water Bridge will transform the fortunes of South Down.
Ms Ruane stated,
“I am delighted that the SEUPB have announced that the Narrow Water Bridge will be funded under Interreg II funding.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the campaign especially the various Chambers of Commerce and the Narrow Water action group.
“This bridge has been delivered by everyone working together on a cross party and cross border basis and highlights what can be achieved by working together.
“This bridge has the potential to open up the entire South Down and Louth area for tourism and business. I have long campaigned for this bridge as I see it as a catalyst for economic regeneration so I am excited at the prospects this announcement will now open up.
“It is now important that we look at building social clauses into the contracts so that local contractors, construction workers and suppliers can benefit from the construction of the bridge.
“I will be looking to meet with the relevant parties as soon as possible so we can get a starting date for the project and explore the benefits that flow from this announcement.”