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Cllr James Byrne / “Bring digital hubs to smaller rural towns in Louth”

Digital Innovation Hub
The location of the new Digital Innovation Hub, on Narrow West Street, Drogheda. Photo Credit: Google Maps.

Fianna Fáil councillor James Byrne says the move to turn the old Drogheda Youth Development Building on Narrow West Street into a Digital Innovation Hub is very timely.

The councillor, who ran in this year’s General Election, feels that such a project could be rolled out into smaller, rural towns and villages in the county. Louth County Council, who are working on the project in conjunction with The Mill Enterprise Centre, hope to roll out the project early next year.


“It is designed to encourage high-potential future oriented tech projects seeking to start and grow in the greater Drogheda area,” Cllr Byrne explained.

“It is a very timely initiative given how the Covid-19 pandemic has forced businesses and commuters to operate and work remotely in many cases and to re-assess how they into the future.

“Its location has the potential to generate increased footfall in the town centre and should complement the Westgate Vision project nicely. If successful I would like to see it rolled out into smaller urban settings across Louth. This has the potential to have a major positive impact on the local economy and environment.”

The local authority received funding from Enterprise Ireland Border Stimulus Fund for the project.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of Louth County Council. “I’d like to congratulate the council on working so well with The Mill in bringing this project to fruition. This is an issue my colleague Cllr John Sheridan has highlighted.”

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