Adams welcomes inclusion of Narrow Water Bridge in Stormont House Agreement – A Fresh Start
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the inclusion of the Narrow Water Bridge project in the new agreement reached following three months of difficult negotiations at Stormont.
Mr. Adams said:
“The Narrow Water Bridge project is an important transport infrastructure development which can significantly add to the tourism potential of the north Louth and south Down area, as well as persuading inward investors to locate in the region.
"During the current negotiations I insisted that the future of the Narrow Water bridge had to be part of the discussions and included in the final agreement.
"In the section of the agreement detailing the Irish government’s financial commitments the agreement states:
“The Irish government remains committed to the concept of the Narrow Water Bridge, which would provide a valuable North-South link between counties Louth and Down with potential to provide jobs and a significant boost to tourism in the area.
"The Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish government agree to undertake a review of the project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council in June 2016.”
"It is of course critical that the government go beyond mere rhetoric and deliver on the financial support needed to make this project a reality both directly and indirectly through EU funding.
"I will be raising this matter with the Taoiseach. And it will be part of our discussions next week when I meet with the Louth County Manager.
"Counties Louth and Down are centrally located and lie less than an hour from Belfast and Dublin airports. It is also a hugely important historic and cultural centre stretching from the Boyne Valley with its Neolithic history right up the east coast from Cromwellian times with the walled city of Drogheda, to the Vikings in Annagassan, Queen Medb and Cúchulainn in the Cooleys and up into Slieve Gullion and the Mournes. This is an area of very important scenic and tourist potential.”