Mallon Presses Ahead With Narrow Water Bridge

Mallon makes Bridge Orders to progress Narrow Water Bridge

Mallon makes Bridge Orders to progress Narrow Water Bridge

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has made the Bridge Orders to progress the Narrow Water Bridge project to the procurement phase. 

The Narrow Water Bridge project is a commitment within the New Decade New Approach agreement.  The Irish Government has provided €3 million in funding from the Shared Island Fund to allow Louth County Council as lead project partner to advance the project to procurement.  

An artists impression of Narrow Water Bridge.

Welcoming further progress on this project Minister Mallon said: “Narrow Water Bridge is an ambitious and important project which will link the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley Peninsula to provide multiple tourism and connectivity opportunities for this border area. 

“Progressing to the stage of making the Bridge Orders is another big step forward for this long awaited bridge which will deliver many social and economic benefits for the communities in Down and Louth. 

“I am fully committed to the Narrow Water Bridge project and I will continue to work in partnership with Louth County Council and the Irish Government to see delivery achieved.”    

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin also welcomed the latest progress saying: “I am pleased to see the ongoing progress with the Narrow Water Bridge project supported by funding from the Shared Island Fund.

“The Narrow Water Bridge is a very significant and transformative all-island project. I welcome the strong support for the project North and South which will open up new and exciting opportunities, for the local and wider economy and communities, including for recreation and active travel.”

McKevitt welcomes progress on Narrow Water Bridge 

SDLP councillor Karen McKevitt has welcomed progress on the Narrow Water Bridge project. 

The decision to progress with the Bridge Orders will allow Louth County Council to proceed to the next stage. 

Councillor McKevitt said: “This announcement from SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon will be warmly welcomed on both sides of the border as we see the long-awaited Narrow Water Bridge project move to its next phase. This bridge has been in the works for some time, and since becoming Minister Nichola Mallon has driven it forward and made huge progress. 

“Narrow Water Bridge will transform life for people living in this border area. It will result in much improved connectivity for everyone who travels through here and provide increased economic opportunities by boosting our tourism offering and creating new areas for businesses to explore and expand. 

“I’d like to thank Minister Mallon and the Irish Government for the work they have done to progress Narrow Water Bridge. Once again, she has shown what can be achieved when we work together to deliver the projects that communities want.

“Minister Mallon has demonstrated that by striving to improve the lives of our communities and putting people first, we can make a real difference for people right across our island.”