Councils and DfI Give Thumbs Up For Narrow Water Bridge

Mallon committed to pressing ahead in partnership on Narrow Water Bridge.

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Mallon committed to pressing ahead in partnership on Narrow Water Bridge.

Narrow Water Bridge took a major step forward as the two border councils and the Infrastructure Minister said they want to proceed.

The Minister for Infrastructure met today with Newry Mourne and Down Council and Louth Council to discuss the way forward in delivering the iconic Narrow Water Bridge.

At the meeting, both councils and the Minister affirmed their commitment to the New Decade, New Approach project and committed to working in partnership to make long awaited progress.

Minister Mallon said: “The Narrow Water Bridge project is a key all-island, transformative project that will improve connectivity but also open up opportunities for our island economy and tourism in particular.

Department of Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

“As soon as I became Minister, I made it clear that I am committed to the delivery of this iconic project that will allow so many untapped opportunities to open up for South Down and Louth.

“I have been working with partners in the Irish Government to ensure that this project remains on top of our shared agenda as a New Decade, New Approach promise.

“Today I was delighted to meet with partners in both the Louth and Newry Mourne and Down Councils to discuss how we can work together to ensure delivery.

“Today’s meeting was productive and all of us reaffirmed our commitment to the Narrow Water Bridge project. I will be meeting again with the councils in the summer to give a progress report  on the work to get Narrow Water Bridge built.”

Cllr Declan McAteer, Newry Mourne and Down District Council.

Councillor Declan McAteer from Newry Mourne and Down Council said: “As Co-Chair of the Joint Council Committee, I was hugely encouraged by the Minister’s enthusiasm for the NWB project.

“Apart from the immediate economic beneficial effects on the towns and villages on the shores of Carlingford Lough which this bridge will bring, the Minister’s ambition around creating and increasing access to Green Corridors will provide a long term improvement to the health and well-being of many citizens living in our respective Council areas, as this bridge will link in with our two Greenways.

“In addition the ability to further enhance our ‘green tourism’ product around the entire Lough will become enormously significant as we endeavour to jointly promote our region.”

Cllr Antóin Watters, Louth County Council.

Councillor Antóin Watters from Louth County Council who also Co-Chairs the Joint Committee said:  “I feel progress is being made at last and after commitments from the Minister, I am confident that the people of this area will get to see the completion of the bridge. 

“This is a vital piece of infrastructure that will benefit the North Louth/South Down areas and not only will it boost tourism but it will also boost the connectivity between Louth and Down especially in the area of ‘green tourism’, connecting our greenways, pathways and cycle paths.

“The time for talking is over. It’s time to get the project moving. We need to keep the momentum going for the betterment of our respective Council areas.” 

Bradley says partnership working will deliver Narrow Water Bridge

SDLP South Down MLA Sinead Bradley has welcomed a joint meeting of Councils and said that partnership working, led by SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon, will deliver Narrow Water Bridge.

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South Down MLA Sinead Bradley.

Sinead Bradley said: “I was delighted yesterday to see SDLP Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon, meet with elected representatives from Newry Mourne and Down Council and Louth Council, to discuss Narrow Water Bridge.”

“As soon as Nichola Mallon took office, the Minister made Narrow Water Bridge a priority and made it clear she was committed to the delivery of this iconic project, which will open up opportunities for South Down and Louth.”

“Narrow Water Bridge is a key transformative project, which will improve connectivity across our island but also improve the economy and tourism in our local area.”

“I welcome Minister Mallon’s proactive engagement with local representatives and I look forward to continuing to work with her to deliver this iconic project.”