Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Ceisteanna (1, 2, 3, 10)

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

1. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Taoiseach the latest position with regard to the long-awaited Narrow Water Bridge project between County Louth and County Down. [40140/21]

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Ruairí Ó Murchú

Ceist:

2. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Taoiseach if he will provide an update on the Narrow Water Bridge project; and if he will provide further details of any current or future engagements with Louth County Council. [41002/21]

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Duncan Smith

Ceist:

3. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Taoiseach the current status of the Narrow Water Bridge project; and the development that has been made since the announcement of additional funding for the project in June 2021. [39425/21]

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Ruairí Ó Murchú

Ceist:

10. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Taoiseach if he will provide an update on the Narrow Water Bridge project; the anticipated funding beyond the tender stage; and the current and future interactions regarding funding streams. [40948/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 10 together.

Following Government approval, the Taoiseach confirmed on 29 June 2021, the allocation of €3 million from the Shared Island Fund to progress the Narrow Water Bridge project to tender stage, and a further commitment of funds from the Shared Island Fund, following determination of the likely final costs arising, and Government approval of the successful tender.

The Government also approved Louth County Council’s designation as the lead project partner for the Narrow Water Bridge project given their previous and ongoing experience with this project, and the appointment of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage as the designated authority for the governance and release of funds to Louth County Council.

A subgroup of the North-South Infrastructure Group, which brings together Senior Officials of relevant Departments, has also been established to oversee the project and support Louth County Council in its delivery. The Subgroup held its first meeting on Friday 23 July.