Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has warmly welcomed this morning decision by the Special EU Programmes Body to proceed with the construction of the Narrow Water bridge under INTERREG IVA.
This news follows on the recent decisions by An Bord Pleanála and the north’s Department of Environment to give planning permission for the construction of a bridge near Warrenpoint, between South Down and County Louth.
The Louth TD has also called on the Minister for Transport to ensure that the necessary funding is made available to upgrade the road network on the Omeath side of the Lough.
Deputy Adams said:
“This is a very welcome decision. It clears the way for the construction of the Narrow Water Bridge which is a vital economic and strategic infrastructure project for the border region.
"I want to commend all of those, but especially the officials from Louth County Council, and local Louth Councillors, as well as Caitriona Ruane MLA, who have worked tirelessly in recent years to make this bridge a reality.
"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.
"Every effort now needs to be made by the Irish government and the Executive to expedite the construction of this bridge."