National Lottery sale could help Narrow Water cause, claims Rogers

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Monday, October 7th, 2013

SDLP MLA for South Down Sean Rogers has indicated that the sale of the National Lottery by the Irish Government could raise the necessary funds needed to allow progress on the Narrow Water Bridge project.

Following the announcement on Thursday evening in relation to the funding difficulties associated with the Narrow Water Bridge, Rogers said, “The €405 million received by the Irish Government is almost €100 million more than they expected to receive for the twenty year licence.

“This coupled with the history of support shown by the National Lottery to community projects – makes the use of these monies for the Narrow Water project a viable suggestion.

“Consideration should also be given to the fact that the National Lottery sales facility, located within 100 meters of the proposed site for the bridge, is one of the best supported outlets in the country.

“If and when the bridge is in place the income from the sale of lottery tickets will inevitably increase, a positive factor in support of the bridge.

Rogers added, “I will be making representations to An Taoiseach and relevant Ministers in the South to explain my thinking following the sale of the National Lottery.”

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