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Narrow Water Bridge can still go ahead - Ruane

15 November, 2013 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said that while she is disappointed at the withdrawal of offer from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) for the Narrow Water Bridge she believes that the project can still go ahead in the near future.

Ms Ruane said:

“I am obviously disappointed that SEUPB have withdrawn the offer at this stage, however the project can still go ahead in the near future if the political will exists.

“Along with Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams I attended the all-party convention called by Louth County Council this morning to discuss what needs to be done to ensure the project proceeds.

“The funding necessary to make the bridge a reality was already in place. All that was needed was a commitment for a €6 million funding package from the Taoiseach and the Deptartment of Transport.

“When Gerry Adams raised this issue with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week, Enda Kenny said that he was in support of the project. I am disappointed that the Taoiseach’s actions did not match his words.

“All of the parties in County Louth and County Down support the construction of the bridge. Sinn Féin along with other parties have requested an urgent meeting with the Taoiseach to discuss getting this project back on track.

“At a time when the construction industry desperately needs investment this project can create 270 jobs for a relatively small investment by the government.”

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