Adams call for bridge

Sinn Fein deputy Gerry Adams is trying to secure European INTERREG funding to build the Narrow Water bridge across Carlingford Lough.

Sinn Fein deputy Gerry Adams is trying to secure European INTERREG funding to build the Narrow Water bridge across Carlingford Lough.

“A link of this kind with south Armagh, Mournes and Cooley region has enormous tourism and economic potential,” Mr Adams said.

“For ten years Sinn Féin has been promoting the construction of a bridge at Narrow Water which would enhance the economic prospects of that region.

“Sinn Fein councillor Jim Loughran has been active on this for some time.

“In recent days my office has discussed the possibility of EU funding being made available through INTERREG to complete the Narrow Water Bridge project with the Special EU Programmes Body.

“I understand that this body has received a proposal from Newry and Mourne Council and Louth County Council and is engaging positively with both.

“I have also asked for an early meeting with Leo Varadkar the Minister for Transport. It was his decision in July which pulled the plug at that time on the Narrow Water Bridge project.”

Mr Adams said this is a cross-border project which will be cost neutral for Irish taxpayers. There is a limited three-year period for the bridge to be taken from the planning stage to the completion stage.

He said a significant amount of planning, including an economic appraisal and Environmental Impact Assessment, has already gone into the construction of a bridge at Narrow Water.

“This work and the current opportunity for funding needs to be grasped quickly so that the time and money that has already gone into this project are not wasted.”