Finance decisions stall Narrow Water Bridge project

May 7, 2013

The Department of Finance is expected to announce its decision this week on whether it is to provide the final piece of funding for the long awaited Narrow Water Bridge project.

Stormont finance minister Sammy Wilson has previously been accused of ‘dragging his feet’ on approving the last element of funding needed for the work to start. It came to light last month that Mr Wilson had refused to meet politicians from Newry and Mourne Council, saying it was not appropriate to do so.

Meanwhile political representatives from both sides of the border have been increasing the pressure on the Minister to sign off on the less than £3m contribution needed to allow the project to go on site, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Miceal Martin and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

An internal Department of Finance appraisal into the cross border scheme is already on Mr Wilson’s desk, leading supporters to believe that a decision on funding is imminent.