Widespread support shown for the Narrow Water Bridge Project

Carlingford and Omeath residents have signed a petition for the Narrowater Bridge that would link the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth with the Mourne District in County Down.

Carlingford and Omeath residents have signed a petition for the Narrowater Bridge that would link the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth with the Mourne District in County Down.

Hundreds of signatures were gathered in Omeath and Carlingford in support of the Narrow Water Bridge project on Saturday May 5th.

Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Fine Gael party activists worked on the petition in a spirit of co-operation. Caitríona Ruane, MLA for South Down and Councillor Jim Loughran from Sinn Féin were joined by Margaret Ritchie, MP and Peter Fitzpatrick TD in collecting names and addresses from Omeath residents.

The proposed Narrow Water Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge which would blend into the surrounding landscape and link the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth with the Mourne District in Co. Down. The bridge has the potential to benefit local tourism and create employment opportunites but earlier in the year it failed to secure funding fromInterreg, which is an EU funded programme to help different European regions form partnerships and work together on common projects.

Councillor Jim Loughran said

“There is widespread support for the Bridge. We are here to make sure that we can contribute to the building of this bridge, its construction will make a very positive impact for Louth and South Down”

“Last week we were in Warrenpoint and got very strong support.”

The petition will be presented to both sides of the border at Leinster House and Stormont.