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SDLP Disappointed At Narrow Water Bridge Decision
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SDLP Warrenpoint Cllr Connaire McGreevy has said the Irish Government’s announcement that they are not to provide funds for a cross-border bridge at Narrow Water will frustrate the development of the tourism economy in the South Down area.

Speaking before a public meeting in Warrenpoint on Friday night led by SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, Cllr McGreevy said, “The news that the Irish Government is not providing any further funding for the Narrow Water Bridge project is extremely disappointing.

“At a time when we are trying to find new jobs within the tourism sector, in particular, this is a devastating blow. The Narrow Water Bridge project has been muted for decades and we were getting close to seeing it become reality.  To have it pulled from under us is nothing short of short sightedness by the Irish Government.

“The project offered the chance to not only form a physical bridge, but build a bridge between two communities, north and south.  It would have been a catalyst for tourism in South Down and the Cooley region especially in Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, Carlingford and Omeath.

“We must now find a new progressive approach to ensure that the project does not fail. The SDLP will work to ensure that progress is made.”