An order that will be published in the north could see the Narrowater Bridge take a “massive leap” forward.
Yet local Senator Jim D’Arcy says that the proverbially ball is now in court of the North.
The Bridge Over Navigable Waters Orders in set to be published in relation to the Narrow Water Bridge and is thought by proponents of the project to a major boost for the bridge.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Senator Jim D’Arcy said: “This is a great development and is a massive step forward”.
“I had expected this after speaking to Minister Leo Varadker on Wednesday 17th April after the Meeting of the Council of Ministers North and South when he informed me that the meeting had gone well in relation to the Narrow Water Bridge”.
Yet the Senator was some reluctant to say that the project was a defintely going ahead.
“However you never can be certaqin until it happens.”
The Bridge Order will be published on two consecutive weeks in the local papers in the North and then there will be 30 days public consultation. Minister for Regional Development, Mr Danny Kennedy, will then consider any submissions.
“Hopefully, at that stage he will be in a position to sign the Bridge Order’, stated Senator D’Arcy “It will then be up to Minister for Finance Mr Sammy Wilson to make the Letter of Offer confirming that the North will pay their share of the cost of the project of roughly €e2.6 million. Minister Leo Varadker has already confirmed that the South will contribute its share which is roughly €1.3 million. “We are on the right track, and recent developments are to be greatly welcomed’ concluded Senator D’Arcy.