The Narrow Water Bridge project is not dead in the water yet.
Last week a meeting was arranged with transport minister Leo Varadkar. It was attended by all the Dail deputies and senators from Louth.
The deadline for the signing of the contract expired last week, but if the €10m shortfall can be located then the project could still go ahead.
“It is now a North-South ministerial project,”Senator Jim D’Arcy said.
“Minister Leo Varadkar and his officials have given it their full support and we will have a meeting with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore after the Christmas break.
“All the Oireachtas members from Louth are on the same wavelength and are working towards making the project a reality.
Meanwhile, Cllr Declan Breathnach, chairman Louth County Council, has not given up on the ambiouts project yet either.
“If there’s a will there’s a way,” Cllr Breathnach said. “I hope the project gets back on the table and we’ll leave no stone unturned to do that.
“ It could be so important to this entire region.”