Adams meets new Northern Irish Finance Minister at Narrow Water Bridge
Local TD Gerry Adams this morning joined party colleagues Caitriona Ruane South Down MLA; Louth Councillor Jim Loughran and the Narrow Water Bridge Community Network group at a meeting with the new Executive Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir on the site of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge and in Warrenpoint.
The North-South Ministerial meeting next week will receive a report on the project.
Speaking afterward, Gerry Adams commended the work of the Narrow Water Bridge Community Network and all of the campaigners who have been active on this project for decades.
He said he welcomed the visit of the Minister to the site and encouraged the powers that be on both sides of the border to make the Narrow Bridge project happen.
He said: “I want to welcome the positive comments of Minister Ó Muilleoir this morning. Minister Ó Muilleoir said that he is a ‘strong advocate of bridge building both physical and metaphorical between our peoples and I am inspired by the commitment of communities on both sides of the border to deliver the Narrow Water bridge project’.
“The campaign to construct a bridge at Narrow Water is decades old. It is a vital piece of infrastructure for the Mourne, Gullion and Cooley region.
“The Narrow Water Bridge Community Network presented a clear cogent argument in support of the proposed bridge which is a cross community and cross border project.
“It is included in the Irish Government’s 2016-2021 Capital Investment Plan. An Oireachtas Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation committee recently reported that it is essential to the economic development of the region and the Fresh Start Agreement in the North mandated the Northern Executive and Southern Government to review and develop the project.
“The Executive Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has also expressed his support for this project.
“There is a need for a correspondingly positive response from Minister Noonan and the Minister for Transport Shane Ross. The Irish government has a key role to play in providing funding and helping to secure European money to ensure the success of the campaign.”