Friday 20 October 2017

Cross-border bridge plan at Troubles site shelved due to costs

Ed Carty

PLANS for a cross-border bridge at Narrow Water, the site of one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles, have been shelved because of costs.

Co Louth council bosses pulled the plug after bids for the job from contractors were over budget.

"This leaves us with a substantial funding shortfall. Our focus now is on seeing if this can be filled through any combination of additional funding and cost reductions," a Louth County Council spokesman said. "While our ambition remains to see this project through to completion, the reality is that it is now effectively on hold."

The council said bids for the project ranged from €26m to €40m. The bridge was to have been jointly financed by the Government and by the Northern Ireland Assembly. The European Union had offered funding of €17.4m.

18 British paratroopers were killed by a bomb at Narrow Water in 1979.

Irish Independent

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