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Plans For A Bridge From Ireland To Scotland Would Create 'Celtic Powerhouse'

By Sarah

January 23, 2018 at 11:08am

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A bridge linking Ireland and Scotland could create a "Celtic powerhouse" has been put forward as a suggestion by a leading British architect after the UK Foreign Secretary proposed linking the UK and France by bridge.

It would also cost considerably less than a bridge between England and France, said Professor Alan Dunlop who came up with the idea. 

The National Scot reports that Dunlop suggested a combined road and rail crossing that would be erected between Portpatrick in Scotland and Larne in Northern Ireland. 

Speaking on BBC Radio, Dunlop said that the new bridge would boost both Irish and Scottish economies and help the post-Brexit border issue.

"It would be a wonderful thing - a connection between Scotland and Ireland"

Dunlop said: "There are two ways it could go. It could go from Portpatrick to Bangor or Larne, but there are significant environmental and geological challenges there.

"We do have incredibly talented architects and engineers in Scotland so I am sure that as a technical challenge it wouldn't be insurmountable.

"The shorter route would be from around Campbeltown, the Mull of Kintyre across to the Antrim coast."

Dunlop added that by linking Scotland and Ireland it would create a "Celtic Powerhouse" and politicians would be encouraged to invest in the north. 

Although Downing Street has so far said there are no plans for this bridge, it's quickly gaining support online from people who reckon that linking the two Celtic countries is a genius idea. 

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