67. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach if the meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council has been rearranged after the 10 June 2016 meeting was cancelled; if the issue of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project can be raised as a priority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17633/16 asked on 22 Jun 2016 - North-South Ministerial Council)

The Taoiseach: In December 2015, the NSMC agreed that the next meeting would be held in June 2016 in Dublin. However, due to scheduling issues it did not proceed as initially planned. Both sides are currently considering alternative dates. 
Narrow Water Bridge:
Under “A Fresh Start - Stormont House Agreement” the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government have agreed to undertake a review of the Narrow Water Bridge project with a view to identifying options for its future devel...

66. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach the status of the proposed Narrow Water Bridge project following the meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council. (Question 15870/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Cross-Border Projects)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 47, 48 and 66 together.
The Irish Government outlined its commitment to supporting North-South development in the National Development Plan 2016 - 2021, in the “Fresh Start Agreement” and in the Programme for a Partnership Government. The Irish Government is committed to investing in infrastructure to support North-South cooperation and unlock the full potential of the economies of both jurisdictions.
As co-chair of the North South Ministerial Cou...

2. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach the number of jobs created and lost in County Louth from 2013 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9184/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Employment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of employment in the State. The most recent figures available are for Q4 2015. 
Estimates of employment are produced by NUTS 3 Regions.
The NUTS 3 Border region includes Counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo. Due to methodology and sa...