Moves by Sinn Fein to advance a cross-border bridge in south Down have been slammed as “a political pet project”, as top party figures visited the site on Friday.
Sinn Fein MLA Caitriona Ruane welcomed Stormont Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir and party president Gerry Adams to Narrow Water near Warrenpoint.
The site has been earmarked for a suspension bridge between counties Louth and Down, but plans have so far foundered.
The same site was also the scene of a massive IRA bomb in 1979, which killed 18 soldiers.
South Down TUV councillor Henry Reilly hit out at what he said was “a political pet project” to create the bridge, adding that what Newry urgently needs instead is a southern relief road.
“All serious commentators believe the bridge will not help the economy in any way,” he said.
“By contrast a southern relief road would allow heavy traffic coming from south Down and Warrenpoint harbour to bypass Newry city centre and access the Belfast to Dublin A1 route much more quickly.”
This would also greatly reduce traffic congestion in Newry city centre, he said.