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Sunday 22 April 2018

Future of Narrow Water Bridge

The future of the ill fated Narrow Water Bridge is expected to be re-examiuned during 2018, the Department of Transport confirmed this week.

In a reply to a Dail query from Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd a spokesman for the department explaiend that at the end of 2015, the then Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government agreed to undertake a review of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for its future development, for consideration by the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC).

'In this context, following on from consultation with stakeholders, an options paper has been under preparation in relation to a bridge at Narrow Water. I understand that when the various options have been further developed it is intended to engage in some further stakeholder consultation and it is intended that this will commence in Quarter 1 of 2018. In the absence of the Northern Ireland Executive the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) cannot meet but it is envisaged that the options paper will be considered once the NSMC is reconvened,' the spokesman said.

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