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Recycling centre site earmarked for Drogheda driving test centre

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A learner driver poses with her car. Photo Credit: DVSA Crown/Flickr Creative Commons License.

The proposed new Driver Test Centre in Drogheda may be located on the Mell Road in Drogheda, according to Fine Gael TD and general election candidate Fergus O’Dowd.

He said today that the Road Safety Authority are to meet with Louth County Council next week having identified a site adjacent to the V&W Recycling Centre as the preferred location.

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“The RSA have continued to reaffirm their commitment in delivering this much needed centre for Drogheda as part of their national strategy.

The TD has previously said, back in 2018, and again in 2019 that a new RSA test centre would be opened in Drogheda by the end of 2020. He has, over the last two years, received a number of commitments and ongoing reassurances that
a test centre would be delivered.

Late last year, an application for such a facility to be operated out of the grounds of the O’Raghallaighs’s GAA grounds on the North Road were withdrawn due to planning issues. It had been hoped to include a modular building that would hold a waiting area, interview room and welfare facilities as well as parking for 12 driving test applicants.

“I was bitterly disappointed that the previous RSA application for the O’Raghallaighs site was withdrawn following advice that that the council would reject it under Material Contravention rules,” O’Dowd said.

Deputy O’Dowd said the news today was “really positive” but was not in a position to put a timeframe on when a new test centre may be up-and-running in Drogheda.

“This update is really positive news and as this particular site is council owned and has the proper access to the appropriate roads, I have no doubt that we will have an operational test centre in Drogheda in the months ahead.”

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