After €45,000 from the Ardee Municipal District annual budget was initially ringfenced for start of the Dromiskin footpath project, Wednesday’s news that an extra €100,000 is to be spent to see the project through to completion has been welcomed Dromiskin based cathaoirleach of the Ardee Municipal District Liam Reilly.
Yesterday, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD announced that 281 rural towns and villages across the country will benefit from over €21 million in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.
Minister Ring made the announcement in Granard, Co. Longford at the newly refurbished Butter Market which received funding under the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. With over €775,000 being spent in Louth, Ardee and Mid-Louth is set to benefit hugely from the funding. For Reilly, complete funding for the Dromiskin footpaths project has been a long time coming.
Last year, the project to install footpaths in the village was delayed as those seeking funding missed the application for Town and Villages Renewal Scheme funding as the council had not provided designs for footpaths on time, causing Dromiskin-based Reilly to bemoan the delay and highlight the safety issues.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Wednesday, Reilly could hardly contain his glee with news that funding had been confirmed.
“This is to the benefit of the local community, business, commercial, social – and this will allow pedestrians going to the shops or the school better access and safer access,” he said. “Unfortunately, we have had a number of people knocked down on that stretch of road. This will go some way to alleviate that problem. I’m delighted – as the person who filled in the application form – that the €100,000 has been granted.
“A number of housing developments came into Dromiskin – well before my time – and footpaths weren’t part of that development and as a result we had over 200 houses along the Commons Road not fully serviced by footpaths. It’s been an ongoing issue for a number of years, even before my own time with the council – in terms of funding,” Reilly continued.
“This will now be added to the circa €45,000 that the Municipal District has put aside from 2016 and 2017. This will go from St Ronan’s Villas right down the Commons Road, and not just one side of the road, but the whole road. It allows us then to commence the rest of a loop of the village that will link up Commons Road, the Railway Road and Chapel Road.”
“It’s brilliant because it allows progression. It’s great. You’re always concerned whether or not these things will get through the department. But this is an exceptional day.”
As well as Fianna Fail councillor Reilly, Independent Councillors Jim Tenanty and Maeve Yore also expressed their delight with the €100k funding for Dromiskin’s footpath project.
Yore and Tenanty have been involved in the work behind the scene to secure funding for the footpaths around St Peters NS in Dromiskin since early last year when pupils from the primary school wrote to Yore requiring help in acquiring funding for footpaths, a pedestrian crossing, lighting and litter bins as they wanted to build on their healthy initatives in their school.
With Yore a councillor in Dundalk South, her fellow Independent councillor Tenanty subsequently brought the motion to Ardee Municipal District, with Dromiskin is in that catchment area. On Wednesday, Independent councillors Yore and Tenanty expressed satisfaction at the successful outcome and said they were delighted to demonstrate to the young people of Dromiskin that teamwork produces positive results for local communities.