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James Boylan chairman of the NWBCN and Paddy Malone member of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, and Denis Brady vice chairman of NWBCN

Mr Jim Boylan , Chairman of the Narrow Water Bridge Community Network, commenting on the recent publication of the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation of the Houses of the Oireachtas in Dublin said he was delighted that the Joint Committee has firmly endorsed the need for the bridge at Narrow Water.

The Joint Committee, which held three days of hearings in May and July of last year, gathered evidence from key experts in cross-border development and the island economy to identify recommendations for change for the betterment of Ireland as a whole. Questionnaire-based research was also carried out with the Chief Executives and Councillors within the North-South Border counties. A series of consultation events were held with key organisations and businesses representatives operating within the North-South Border region.

The Joint Committee concluded that each jurisdiction in Ireland is attempting to improve its competitive advantage in isolation from one and other and this is to the detriment to both economies. The committee also highlighted the peripheral nature of the economy in border areas and recommended an immediate upgrade of communications including road, rail and telecommunications. The building of the bridge at Narrow Water and the A5 upgrade received specific mentions

Jim Boylan who is also a member of the Warrenpoint Chamber of Commerce attended the July hearing of the Joint Committee along with Denis Brady who is also a member of the Chamber and vice-chairman of the Narrow Water Bridge Community Network. The Network has actively campaigned for the construction of a bridge at Narrow Water for many years now. Mr Boylan said that the bridge at Narrow Water continues to represent the most basic and critical piece of infrastructure to enhance closer economic cooperation and tourist development for the people of the Carlingford Lough Area. Both he and his committee are extremely encouraged that the Joint Committee supports that view

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