Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (102)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

102. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the progress to date in relation to the Narrow Water bridge project; the progress to date with the North South Ministerial Transport Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8541/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Following on from the Fresh Start Agreement, the "New Decade, New Approach" document indicates that the Government is ready to jointly progress consideration of options for the development of the Narrow Water bridge project at the North South Ministerial Council.

Options for the development of the Narrow Water Bridge project are under examination at present, taking into account other proposed projects in the area including the Newry Southern Relief Road. Consideration of options for a bridge has not yet reached a sufficiently advanced stage where there is a clearly defined and costed scheme.

I and my officials will continue to discuss the options with my counterpart Nicola Mallon and her officials through the mechanisms of the North South Ministerial Council and we will work jointly to facilitate progress on this and other transport issues through the North South Ministerial Council.