McGrath welcomes funding for Narrow Water Bridge

Colin McGrath Narrow Water Bridge

SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has welcomed funding to progress work on Narrow Water Bridge.

The bridge would connect Warrenpoint to the Cooley Peninsula in Louth.

Funding was announced through the Irish Government’s Shared Island Unit on Tuesday.

South Down MLA Mr McGrath said:

“Today’s funding announcement from the Irish Government will allow us to move forward with plans for the cross-border Narrow Water Bridge that has been in the works for some time. The SDLP in government were key to securing progress on this vital infrastructure project that will connect communities on both sides of the border.

“This bridge will create a range of opportunities for people in South Down and Co Louth. It will not only make it much easier for people travelling between the two areas, but will also open up new possibilities around tourism in the area, with scope for new businesses and investment bringing jobs and other economic benefits.

“This project would not have been possible without the work of community activists, who have driven this matter over the years. They deserve credit for their perseverance in ensuring that we were able to get to this stage. I also acknowledge the work of my predecessors PJ and Sinead Bradley who always championed this project.

“We now need to see a sense of urgency from Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd to see work begin on this bridge. The Irish government have stepped up with this funding, but they can’t deliver this project on their own. I will continue to work with all interested parties to see Narrow Water Bridge built with all the benefits it will bring to people living in both areas.”


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