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Louth County Council will bring its appeal on a decision not to shortlist an INTERREG funding application for the Narrow Water bridge to a judicial review if the current appeal to SEUPB proves unsuccessful. Last month it was revealed that the bridge failed to pass the shortlisting benchmark for funding based on concerns over whether planning issues would prevent the project’s delivery by summer 2015. This is an assertion that Louth Co Council do not accept and as such an official appeal was lodged with funding body SEUPB last Monday (April 23). In a statement the joint chairs of the Louth/Newry and Mourne joint committee Cllr Declan Breathnach (Louth) and Cllr Jimmy McCreesh (Newry and Mourne) said: “as joint chairpersons of the Louth, Newry and Mourne Committee, we note the decision taken by Louth Co Council to seek a judicial review of the recent decision taken buy SEUPB not to fund the project and we support the appeal of the SEUPB decision.” On Saturday in Warrenpoint the newly named Narrow Water Bridge Campaign Group – a composite of business, community, heritage and political interests – held the first of what they hope will be a series of petition collections around the Lough. The petition which has already seen over 500 supporters put their name to the campaign was officially launched at Narrow Water roundabout. The petition will be launched in Omeath next Saturday May 5 before moving on to villages and communities on both sides of the Lough. The petition will also be available in supporting businesses in the area.


Newry Reporter

2nd May 2012