Cllr Declan Breathnach of Louth Local Authorities and Cllr Jimmy McCreesh of Newry and Mourne District Council have joined in welcoming the announcement by Northern Ireland Finance Minister Sammy Wilson that funding will be made available for the Narrow Water Bridge.
They are both members of the the Cross Border joint committee which has always emphasised its support for the Bridge which will link North and South via Omeath in Co Louth and Warrenpoint in Co Down.
Cllr Breathnach paid tribute to those who had brought the project to this momentous stage.
“Narrow Water Bridge has been discussed for 40 years,” he said, “but it is only in the last five years that huge strides have been taken.
“I commend all those who have led the way in that time including our former County Manager, Conn Murray and current County Manager, Joan Martin along with Michael Curran, Director of Services and the staff of the local authorities, as well as their partner bodies north and south who put in a great deal of time and effort to bring us all to this day.”
Cllr Jimmy McCreesh echoed Cllr Breathnach’s sentiments:
“There has been a very dedicated team of people putting endless hours of work into the Narrow Water Bridge project which has huge potential for this entire region. Our Joint Committee of elected members under the MOU has always sought to enhance our cross border relations and I can’t wait until we all meet on this bridge to celebrate its opening.”
The Local Authority led East Border Region is lead partner in the Narrow Water Bridge Project.