Minister of state Fergus O’Dowd has welcomed the North’s go-ahead for the bridge.
“The decision to grant funding on the northern side is the last hurdle towards seeing this dream become a reality,” said Minister O’Dowd.
“Although there are financial conditions for the councils on both sides of the border, I am confident that the decision by Mr Wilson will see a letter of offer released by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Labour deputy Ged Nash said he welcomes the decision by the Minister for Finance in Northern Ireland to sanction funding for the Narrow Water Bridge project. “This project is of huge value to north Louth and south Down and has enormous potential for increased tourism and economic development North and South,” he said. “The symbolic nature of this development is also hugely significant. “This is a concrete example of enhanced relations North and South and I want to pay tribute to the EU, the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister Attwood of the SDLP and all other stakeholders in bringing this major development to the stage where it can now proceed.”
Fianna Fáil Deputy Séamus Kirk has said it was the culmination of a campaign started the best part of 30 years ago.
“Many people were sceptical about the prospects for the project when meeting were organised by people like Dr. O’Tierney from Warrenpoint. In retrospect those meetings sowed the seeds of a concept now coming to fruition. Apart from the powerful symbolism of the bridge building where there will be clear and tangible of economic benefits to South Down and North Louth. We thank all the parties involved, the Department of Transport, Louth County Council, SEUBP, and now latterly Minister Sammy Wilson.
Sinn Féin deputy Gerry Adams has aso welcomed the decision by Finance Minister Sammy Wilson to clear the way for the Bridge.