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Construction Begins on Narrow Water Bridge

Construction Begins on Narrow Water Bridge

Construction on the long-anticipated Narrow Water Bridge is set to commence today. The 195-metre cable-stayed bridge, designed for vehicular, cycle, and pedestrian traffic, is expected to take three years to complete.

Taoiseach Simon Harris and Tánaiste Micheál Martin will visit the site to officially announce the start of construction. This significant cross-border project will link Omeath in north Louth with Warrenpoint in south Down.

Earlier this year, the Government allocated €102 million plus VAT from the Shared Island Fund to finance the construction of the bridge.

Marking today’s announcement, Taoiseach Simon Harris TD said:

“The Shared Island Unit was established by the coalition to bring about visionary projects for the entire island that had long been sought after but not yet realised. I want to pay tribute to the communities and politicians from all parties in both Ireland and Northern Ireland who campaigned for a Narrow Water Bridge for decades. The mountains meet the sea all along this stunning coastline, and this bridge will be a game-changer for commerce, daily life, and tourism in this part of our shared island.”

Tánaiste Micheál Martin added:

“When I first established the Shared Island Unit in the Department of the Taoiseach, the Narrow Water Bridge was always at the forefront of my mind. This project is a clear manifestation of the Shared Island philosophy, embodying our ambition for reconciliation, closer North-South relations, and progress. Today, we realise a vision long shared across this stretch of water, fulfilling the desire of both communities to connect and grow together.”

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD commented:

“In linking the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down with the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth, this bridge serves as both a physical infrastructure project and a symbol of community, togetherness, and hope. Funded by the Shared Island Fund, it perfectly embodies the vision, values, and purpose of that fund.”

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan TD stated:

“The project is already creating new opportunities and strengthening connections between communities on both sides of the border. It is a testament to Louth County Council and the officials in my department and will endure as a gesture of friendship between communities.”

Chief Executive of Louth County Council Joan Martin said:

“I am delighted to welcome the commencement of works at the Narrow Water Bridge site. This project will provide an unprecedented boost to the cross-border region. It has been a long-standing strategic priority for Louth County Council and will deliver key infrastructure, enhancing access to the wealth of tourist attractions in this area. This historic bridge will stand as a symbol of the connections that bind communities north and south.”

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