Narrow Water project in danger of being sunk before it starts

THE Narrow Water Bridge plan is in trouble waters, before it even gets laid down, and 17m euros of EU cash could sink with it.

THE Narrow Water Bridge plan is in trouble waters, before it even gets laid down, and 17m euros of EU cash could sink with it.

Louth County Council has already spent over 1.5m euros on the project and if the North doesn’t cough up some money soon, the council could be looking for its money back.

Councillors now want the Taoiseach and the Government to intervene.

County Manager Joan Martin told a meeting of the county council on Monday 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 intoserious difficulties and the hold-up seems to be on the Northern side.

“Tenders will be sought in the next few weeks but I will not be able to award a contract because all the funding will not be available. If the contract went ahead Louth County Council would be totally responsible for the project.

“The project could fail. We may not be able to sign a contract and therefore use the funding before it runs out.

“It is no fault of ours. This is make or break time. I fear we will not be able to do it on time,” she said.

The plan is to built the bridge at Narrow Water linking the North and the South.

The question was raised by Cllr Jim Loughran and Cllrs Declan Breathanch and Peter Savage said it was time the problem was referred to the Taoiseach’s office.

“This council has put 2m euros of ratepayers money into this,” Cll Breathnach said.