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Irish minister 'eagerly awaits' construction of Narrow Water bridge in 2023

Narrow Water Point and Warrenpoint Port seen from from Flagstaff Viewpoint on the hills outside Newry where the Newry River flows out to Carlingford Lough

CAMPAIGNERS behind the Narrow Water bridge project met Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and the Republic's heritage minister Darragh O'Brien yesterday for a progress update.

The bridge, a key commitment in the New Decade New Approach Agreement, will connect the A2 Newry to Warrenpoint dual carriageway with the R173 Omeath.

The cable bridge will also open to allow ships through and on to the Newry Canal.

A working group was set up to progress the project, following investment from Taoiseach Micheál Martin's Shared Island Unit.

Ms Mallon said her department is working on plans for walking and cycling paths to connect the bridge with the wider area.

She said she and Mr O'Brien remain committed to the project.

"I have also made it clear that my vision for this area of outstanding natural beauty includes the provision of new and enhanced walking and cycling infrastructure to complement the Narrow Water Bridge," she said.

"I am delighted that my department is now working with partners on plans to transform active travel in the area."

Mr O'Brien said the project has been a priority of the Irish government for years.

"We all appreciate the significance of this project and eagerly await construction beginning in 2023," he said.

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