A meeting of the Narrow Water Bridge Committee took place in Warrenpoint Town Hall on Friday to finalise an application for EU funding.
It is hoped that €500 million of EU funding will be invested in North and border counties.
The funding is operated by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and is part of the new PEACE and INTERREG Programmes for 2014-2020.
Fine Gael Senator Jim D’Arcy believes that a job of work has to be done for the application to fit the criteria.
“The criteria for the funding is very specific,” Senator D’Arcy told The Democrat.
“We must try to swing the application to fit the criteria. We need to base it on transport and tourism.”
Senator D’Arcy says there is a certain amount of money available for projects outside the criteria.
“If a solid case is made and it doesn’t fully match the criteria, there is funding available.
“But we need to try and match the criteria.”
The issue of Narrow Water was due to be discussed by the Taoiseach and political representatives in Northern Ireland at the North and South ministerial meeting scheduled for July 4th.
Unfortunately this meeting was cancelled due to political tensions. in Northern Ireland.
Senator D’Arcy also plans to hold a meeting with the new Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe.
“I hope to schedule a meeting with Minister Donohoe as soon as possible.
“The governments from North and South must come together and show their commitment,” Senator D’Arcy continued.
“I understand that the North is now willing to show my commitment now than ever before.”
The funding application is due to be submitted at the end of the month.
The 195m long Narrow Water cable-stayed bridge has been in the planning for at least five years.
It would have connected Cornamucklagh near Omeath with Narrow Water near Warrenpoint.
The entire build would have been 620m long and it had been hoped it could be open by 2015.