Fianna Fail Councillor Declan Breathnach believes that the proposed investment of €500 million of EU funding is the opportunity for Irish and British governments to ensure funding is ring fenced for the Narrow Water Bridge.
The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) has launched the the second and final stage of a public consultation on EU funding for the next seven years.
The €0.5 billion of funding will be invested in North and border counties.
The people of Dundalk are being invited to take part in the final stage of the public consultation process on how the funding will be spent at a public Information event at Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk this Thursday.
The general public are being invited to give their views on the proposals for the new PEACE and INTERREG Programmes for 2014-2020.
All feedback collated from the consultation will be considered before drafting the final version of the Programmes for approval by the Northern Ireland Executive and the Dail.
The proposals will then be submitted to the European Commission on 22 September.
Commenting on the funding, Cllr Breathnach said that the Narrow Water Bridge across Carlingford Lough linking the North and South should be a priority.
Cllr Breathnach said: “If the Taoiseach is committed to this project, he needs to show his support clearly.
“This is an opportunity for governments both side of the border to ensure that money from this EU funding is ring fenced.
“I will be actively pursing this matter. Senator Jim D’Arcy has also been vital in seeing that this project happens.”
Meanwhile, Pat Colgan, Chief Executive with the SEUPB, expects a lot of interest from local people.
“We anticipate high levels of interest in both of these Programmes and look forward to hearing the views of the people of Dundalk at our public consultation event on Thursday,” said Mr Colgan.
“In order to be successful, all funding applications must be clearly aligned to the new aims and objectives of the PEACE and INTERREG Programmes.”