Louth Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan has welcomed an announcement from An Taoiseach Micheál Martin that €3m euro in funding from the Shared Island Fund has been provided to progress work on the Narrow Water Bridge.

The money will see the project brought to tender stage, based on the current design of the bridge and existing planning permission.

Further funding will be allocated from the Shared Island Fund, once the due diligence process has been completed and the final costs of the project are determined.

Welcoming the announcement Senator McGreehan said, “I am absolutely delighted that this project is going to the next stage. There have been many people, going back decades, involved in getting the project to this point.   

“I want to thank An Taoiseach Micheál Martin for his true commitment to this project. He identified this project as one of his main commitments under the Shared Island Unit and that commitment has been steadfast throughout his first year in office. I have spoken to him on numerous occasions and his support for this project has always been unwavering.”  

Senator McGreehan added, “This project is far more than a bridge, it is a symbol for Ireland’s future. A symbol to draw a line on the past by respecting it, acknowledging that past but it is also about building bridges, forging relationships, and moving on to the next 100 years of this island’s story. The people either side of Carlingford Lough are so close – culturally, geographically and yet we have been divided.   

“This bridge is a symbol of the future and I am so proud to be the Fianna Fáil representative in this area bringing this project to the next stage. I want to thank the Louth County Council Chief Executive, Joan Martin, for her commitment to this project. Joan Martin has gone out on a limb on several occasions to keep this project alive. I also want to thank Northern Ireland Minister for Infrastructure, Nicola Mallon MLA, who has been instrumental in this announcement also.”