Narrow Water Bridge back on the agenda

Sinn Féín Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed the inclusion of the Narrow Water Bridge in the “New Decade New Approach” document released last Thursday as part of the restoration of the institutions in the North of Ireland. The Omeath councillor believes that the project will finally come to fruition within the next year or two.
The proposed bridge, stretching from Warrenpoint in County Down to Omeath in County Louth, was due to open in 2015 but has encountered many problems.
After several delays and a significant funding shortfall, the project was scrapped in 2013.
Cllr Watters who has been instrumental in ensuring the project was kept to the fore in Louth insisted that the project is shovel ready and work can begin as soon as funding is secured.
“Over my term on Louth County Council I have worked to ensure the Narrow Water Bridge project has been kept on the agenda and remains a shovel ready project. Back in 2018 when the planning permission was scheduled to lapse I had to keep pressure on both Louth County Council and also Newry, Mourne and Down Council to ensure this did not happen and that the necessary works were carried out. We really heavily on tourism in North Louth and this project will be very good for the whole region both north and south. It’s a project that has been talked about for years and there have been many hiccups along the way but I believe now that the right people are in place to push it forward and I’m hopeful that work can begin on the Narrow Bridge within the next year or two.
It also emerged at that time that “Louth County Council had already spent €2 million on the project so I was very sure I wasn’t going to let them write that off. It was vital that I kept the pressure on.”
Cllr Watters is hopeful that “should this new deal be accepted we can finally see Narrow Water Bridge completed. It is imperative that this is done to further boost the tourist industry in the North Louth area.”
“I will continue to work with our Sinn Féin team to deliver this project and I am hopeful that after three years the new Assembly will be a more fair and equal power sharing Executive and we can see projects like this come to fruition,” he added.

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