Caitriona Ruane, Sinn Féin South Down MLA, has called on Finance Minister Sammy Wilson to use some of the extra £58m announced for capital projects to begin construction of the Narrow Water Bridge immediately.
Ms. Ruane said: “The Narrow Water Bridge project can be ‘Spade Ready’ within weeks to begin construction if the political will is there and Finance Minister Sammy Wilson now has the opportunity to announce its construction.
“There already has been EU money secured for the project and a commitment already given for match funding from both the Irish Government and the Assembly. Sammy Wilson must now honour that pledge and use some of the money secured in yesterday’s budget to get the project underway.
“The Narrow Water Bridge Project is crucial in not only will it create much needed work for the construction industry but can be the economic catalyst needed to regenerate the entire South Down and North Louth region.”