Ritchie welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on Narrow Water Bridge but challenges him on identifying funding
Ms Ritchie said, “I have received confirmation from the Taoiseach that the Irish Government remains supportive of the concept of the Narrow Water Bridge.
I understand under “A Fresh Start” both the NI Executive and the Irish Government have agreed to undertake a review of the Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying the options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council in June 2016.
The Taoiseach has further advised initial discussions at official level have already taken place and further meetings of Northern Ireland Executive/Irish Government officials are being organised before reporting to the North South Ministerial Council in June.
While I welcome this commitment, the key issue here is how the project is going to be financed. I have asked the Taoiseach to advise me on what funding has been identified by both administrations to bring forward the Narrow Water Bridge project. The Narrow Water Bridge project is an iconic and economically vital North South Project that will bring real benefit to the community of the East Coast and wider afield. It is vital that we continue to harness the political and community support behind this project as we push for the delivery of the Narrow Water Bridge for the benefit of the community of South Down and Co. Louth.”