Progress on Narrow Water Bridge

Undated Louth Council handout artist's impression of the Narrow Water Bridge project as the long-awaited plans for the cross border bridge at the site of one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles have been binned because of costs. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday July 9, 2013. Council bosses in Co Louth have pulled the plug after bids for the job from construction firms came in substantially above budget. Despite five years' planning and funding from Europe, Dublin and Stormont, Louth County Council said contractors' prices were considerably higher than the figures its officials have been working from. "This leaves us with a substantial funding shortfall. Our focus now is on seeing if this can be filled through any combination of additional funding and cost reductions," a spokesman said. See PA story TRANSPORT NarrowWater Ireland. Photo credit should read: Louth County Council/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneou
In a statement issued yesterday, Louth County Council confirmed that the letter of offer received from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) in respect of the funding of €17.4 million for the Narrow Water Bridge project has been accepted and signed.

In a statement issued yesterday, Louth County Council confirmed that the letter of offer received from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) in respect of the funding of €17.4 million for the Narrow Water Bridge project has been accepted and signed.

A Council spokesperson confirmed that efforts are continuing to secure the additional funding of €15 million necessary to ensure the Bridge becomes a reality.