LEO Varadker, the FG Minister for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport who earlier this month stated the Irish government was not in a position to proceed any further with the Narrow Water Bridge project, were described by South Down Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane as lacking in vision
Ms Ruane said, The bridge linking counties Down and Louth across Carlingford Lough is an important cross border road project that would help develop the entire region’s tourism potential by facilitating access to what is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
“Much work has been done on this project and for years Sinn Féin has been to the fore in working towards having a bridge build on the outskirts of Warrenpoint. Our elected representatives, on both sides of the border, had worked in helping Louth County Council with their economic appraisal and the completed Environmental Impact Assessment of the project was presented to the National Roads Authority (NRA).
“The previous government in the South had given the project the go ahead only for it to be now vetoed by Minister Varadker and his colleagues. Barely five months into its term, this is yet another broken promise by a government that lacks vision.
“If we are to encourage tourism and generate economic growth then we need to improve are roads infrastructure along the border corridor. A bridge at Narrow Water would have provided a great boost for the entire east coast region and helped counties Down, Armagh and Louth to fulfil their economic and tourist potential.
“The battle for the bridge is far from over and Sinn Féin will use its political representation in both sides of the border to get this project funded,” added Ms Ruane.