Louth TD Gerry Adams has sent a letter to the Southern Transport Minister, Shane Ross TD, and the Executive Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard MLA, ahead of the next meeting of the North South Ministerial Council which is due to discuss the Narrow Water Bridge Project.
The letter, which was co-signed by TDs Imelda Munster and Declan Breathnach; Senator Ged Nash and MLAs Caitriona Ruane, Conor Murphy, Cathal Boylan and Megan Fearon, called for both Ministers to do everything in their power to deliver the Bridge project.
Teachta Adams said,
“In May I hosted the Narrow Water Bridge Community Network in the Dáil. The group gave a compelling presentation on the necessity of the Bridge to the assembled, cross party group of TDs, Senators and Oireachtas staff.
“One outcome of the meeting was an agreement that a collective letter calling for progression of the project would be sent to the Transport Minister Shane Ross and the Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard.
“I invited all Teachtaí Dala from Louth and all Assembly Members from South Down and Newry & Armagh to co-sign this letter, and I am appreciative to those who agreed to work collectively on this project and put their names to this letter.
“The need for the bridge is well recognised.
“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.
“I welcome the public support for Narrow Water Bridge from Minister for Infrastructure, Chris Hazzard; but he cannot deliver the project alone and a renewed commitment from the Cabinet and particularly the Transport Minister is now required.”
Some of the Narrow Water Group (Cross Community)