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Border bridge study launched

Ireland’s Department for Transport will spend almost £300,000 on a feasibility study for a cross-border bridge linking Counties Louth and Down.

The bridge would cross the Carlingford Lough between Narrow Water Castle and Omeath.

Northern Ireland social development minister Margaret Ritchie said: "It will make it very convenient for thousands of overseas tourists to easily visit both parts of our island at this splendid location, bringing a big economic boost to the area."

It is also hoped that the bridge would promote tourism in the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley peninsula.