THE concerns regarding the delay in buildng of the Narrow Water Bridge were raised last week at a Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee meeting by Warrenpoint and Dundalk Chambers of Commerce.
Sinn Féin deputy Gerry Adams pointed out that the project could deliver 270 jobs in the construction sector and would create a legacy for economic development for decades to come.
He said the finance is in place and ready to go and the North’s Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has limited time to agree to this on this very beneficial project.
He wants An Taoiseach to get directly involved, as do members of Louth County Council, otherwise the EU 18m euro provided forthe project will be lost.
Louth County Council has already spent over 1.5m euros on the project and if the North doesn’t sign up some soon, the council could be looking for its money back.
It is a battle for Louth County Council to keep the project moving.
It has been running into serious difficulties and the hold-up seems to be on the Northern side.
Louth County Council will not be able to award a contract unless the North start signing up. The project could fail. We may not be able to sign a contract and therefore use the funding before it runs out.
This is make or break time. The plan is to built the bridge at Narrow Water linking Louth and Down, the North and the South, is facing a real danger.