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Adams expresses concerns on Narrow Water Bridge project

25 April, 2013 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the meeting between Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Sinn Fein representatives and business representatives, including South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane, on the future of the Narrow Water Bridge project.

The Louth TD has recently expressed his concerns at the lack of meaningful progress by the Departments of Finance and Personnel and Regional development in the north.

Teachta Adams has now received letters from each of the two Ministers responsible for the Bridge development in which they assure him that ‘there is no delay’ on their part in progressing the necessary legislation and permissions.

The Minister for Finance and Personnel, DUP Minister Sammy Wilson states that his ‘officials are aware of the tight timescale associated with the potential funding for the project and will aim to deliver a decision in a timely manner.’

However the Louth TD has restated his worry that there is a risk that the funding from the Special EU Programmes Body provided under INTERREG IV will be lost.

Teachta Adams said:

“There is a time limited window in which to get this important infrastructural project completed. Narrow Water Bridge is a crucial investment project that can significantly enhance the local economies of communities on both sides of the border.

Its economic, employment and tourism impact is potentially greater than the €18 million needed to construct it.

Every effort now needs to be made by the Irish government and the Executive to accelerate the construction of this bridge.

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