THE Narrow Water Bridge that will link Omeath with Warrenpoint looks set to become a reality.
Last November The Special EU Programmes Body approved €17.4m and this week the Northern finance department has committed to the project.
So now the The €18.3m project has been approved by the planning authorities in Northern Ireland and by An Bord Pleanála.
The single-carriageway, 195 metres cable-stayed Narrow Water Bridge will connect Narrow Water with Warrenpoint but this more than just a bridge.
It is a symbolic link between the two jurisdictions.
after all, it’s not long since a British naval vessel was patrolling the lough and 18 soldiers were killed at Warrenpoint.
In the space of a generation we have managed to put so much behind us and it is a credit to people from all political persuasions that this has happened in such a short time and this bridge is now set to become a reality.
Joan Martin, County Manager, Louth Local Authorities said the bridge will increase traffic between the new Mourne Coastal Drive and the Boyne Valley Drive and Louth County Council looks forward to “working with our partners in delivering the bridge on time and on budget”.
The project has taken 40 years.
But 40 years ago nobody would have thought it all possible.
It really is a great achievement.