Ruane attends An Bord Pleanála on Narrow Water Bridge

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane attended the An Bord Pleanála meeting yesterday in the Four Seasons in Carlingford to lobby for planning permission for the Narrow Water Bridge. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “I attended the planning meeting in Carlingford to lobby support for planning permission for the Narrow Water Bridge as Louth County Council is the lead partner in gaining planning permission. This hearing will determine if we get planning permission, or not, in the South. Therefore we need to ensure that our strongest efforts are put in to getting across to the Inspector from An Bord Pleanála that there is good local support for the project, and that it is a worthwhile project.” “I was accompanied by representatives from Warrenpoint Chamber of Commerce and other interested agencies who also see the potential of this bridge to create economic regeneration in the area. I welcome the fact that all the partners in support of the project were in the one room and it is important that all the agencies work together to deliver one message – the region needs this bridge. I will also be bringing letters from local people in the area who have signaled their support for the project and I reminded the planners that this bridge has the support of the Irish Minister of Transport as well as the positive comments made by the American ambassador who recently visited the site.” She added, “There is widespread support both in County Down and County Louth for this project and this was shown in the recent petition held recently in both Warrenpoint and Carlingford when people signed it in their droves. With the SEUPB presently reviewing the case it is imperative that we are granted planning permission so that the project is kept on track.”
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