Narrow Water Bridge trouble

THE Narrow Water Bridge plan is in trouble waters, before it even gets laid down, and e17m of EU cash could sink with the project if the authorities in the North do not get a move on.

THE Narrow Water Bridge plan is in trouble waters, before it even gets laid down, and e17m of EU cash could sink with the project if the authorities in the North do not get a move on.

Louth County Council has already spent nearly e2m on the project but it has been waiting 18 weeks on a bridge order from the Northern athorities to be processed and if the North doesn’t cough up some money soon, the council could be looking for its money back.

Louth county councillors now want the Taoiseach and the Government here to intervene to try and speed things up.

County Manager Joan Martin told a meeting of the county council that she is increasingly concerned about the project.

“It has been a battle to keep the project moving at all times,” she said.

“It has been running into serious difficulties and the hold-up seems to be on the Northern side.”

According to the County Manager the project could fail if the contract is not signed on time as the EU funding could no longer be available.

Last October the European Union allocated e17.4m to fund the bridge project.

The single lane cable bridge will be 660 metres long and could be open by 2015.

Planning permission has been granted by authorities on both sides of the border and it is due to open in 2015.

Both now the whole thing is in danger of collapsing into Carlingford Lough quicker than you can say Captain Pugwash.