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Sturgeon plays down DUP-backed bridge plan

Nicola Sturgeon meeting Leo Varadkar in Dublin yesterday
Nicola Sturgeon meeting Leo Varadkar in Dublin yesterday

By Rebecca Black

The Scottish First Minister has said there are obstacles to a proposal to build a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

But Nicola Sturgeon did not rule out the idea, which has been promoted by the DUP.

Ms Sturgeon said she believed there are other ways of strengthening relations between Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"I have representations made to me about the idea of a bridge, there are obviously a lot of challenges and things to be discussed there," she told the Press Association on a visit to Dublin yesterday.

"Whether it's around a bridge or in other ways strengthening the relationship between Scotland, the north of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is a big priority for my government."

DUP leader Arlene Foster and MP Sammy Wilson have both expressed their support for the building of a bridge to Scotland.

Architect Professor Alan Dunlop has proposed options for a bridge to connect either Larne and Portpatrick or Mull of Kintyre and Torr Head, and estimated the cost at £15-£20bn.

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