Adams in renewed push for Narrow Water Bridge
Sinn Féin Leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed a renewed commitment by the Irish Government to the Narrow Water Bridge project.
Mr Adams called for words to be turned into action so that the hugely important project can now proceed.
The Sinn Féin Leader raised the issue during the recent political negotiations at Stormont involving parties in the North and the Irish and British Governments.
In its contribution to a financial package as part of the Stormont House Agreement, the Irish Government reaffirmed its commitment to the project.
Gerry Adams said:
"Sinn Féin has pursued this issue for some considerable time now. We have consistently raised it with the Irish Government and I did so again during the negotiations which led to the Stormont House Agreement.
"The Narrow Water Bridge is a hugely important infrastructure project that can provide jobs for a region in desperate need of them and a significant boost to the local economy.
"It would also be a hugely valuable North- South link. It has the support of all of the parties in Louth, south Down and south Armagh.
"So far the project has not gone ahead because the Government failed to provide the financial investment needed to supplement funding from local councils and the European Union.
"I note that the Government also reaffirmed its commitment to provide €25 million in each of the years 2015 and 2015 as a contribution to the A5 road project.
"It also committed to examining the scope for further financial commitments to the A5 project in the context of the forthcoming capital expenditure programme.
"The Government also stated that, as part of its contribution to a financial package, it is committed to developing another important north-south link - the Ulster Canal. This is also to be welcomed.
"In relation to Narrow Water Bridge, I sincerely hope that the Government's reaffirmation of its support for the project will see the current situation turned around.
"We really need to see these fine words now matched by action. Every effort must be made to ensure that this time the bridge is built."