Senator wants bridge to go ahead

FIANNA Fáil Senator Mary White is hopeful Stormont Minster for Finance Sammy Wilson will reconsider his rigid position on the Narrow Water Bridge scheme at Carlingford Lough and ‘Green Light’ final funding from the Stormont Executive.

FIANNA Fáil Senator Mary White is hopeful Stormont Minster for Finance Sammy Wilson will reconsider his rigid position on the Narrow Water Bridge scheme at Carlingford Lough and ‘Green Light’ final funding from the Stormont Executive.

“It is clear that communities on both sides of Carlingford Lough are excited about the golden opportunities the Narrow Water Bridge could bring in boosting the local economy, job creation and tourism in the strikingly beautiful Cooley peninsula and Mourne Mountains,” Senator White said.

“However the proposed €18 million cross-border infrastructure project has hit a road block as Stormont Minister for Finance, Sammy Wilson is withholding approval for final funding from the Stormont executive to the tune of €3.36million.”

“There is significant time constraints involved with availability of funding and I hope Stormont Minister for Finance, Sammy Wilson reconsiders his rigid position in the spirit of positive community relations and will ensure the bridge is built as soon as possible.”

“Stormont Environment Minister Alex Attwood, granted planning permission for the Narrow Water Bridge scheme after Louth County Council made the application, but Minister Wilson still holds the key to the project, which cannot go ahead without his authority. On 10 April North, South, East and West marked the 15th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. A key themes was to build bridges between divided communities on our island.”