As reported on LouthNow.ie last week, Louth County Council will for the first time be able to apply for funding for projects in Dundalk and Drogheda towns as part of an expanded Town and Village Renewal Scheme was was announced on last Wednesday (August 19) by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.
For the first time, towns across Ireland with a population of over 10,0000 will be able to apply for funding, with this year’s scheme specifically supporting Covid-19 related measures. Dundalk and Drogheda are among 41 towns in Ireland with a population of over that figure that can now apply for such funding.
The larger towns can apply for funding of up to €40,000 to increase footfall and social activity in towns and address social distancing measures that we all now face as a result of Covid-19.
Last month, the first tranche of funding – €2.8 million – was approved for 106 projects in smaller towns and villages throughout the country, including three in Louth in Clogherhead, Carlingford and Ardee.
Carlingford received €40,000 for the provision of cafe style outdoor furniture, seating, parasols and traffic segregation in key areas of the town and activation plan for town in order to increase footfall. Ardee received €25,000 which will support businesses, voluntary organisations and sports groups in Ardee to develop an active online presence, including online platform, website development, training, mentoring and promotion.
Meanwhile, Clogherhead also received €25,000 for the rejuvenation of the village business district with shop front improvements such as painting and signage.
But what do your local representatives based in Dundalk and Drogheda propose could be done in the two towns with the new funding available? We asked the 22 councillors from the two towns for their thoughts. Only six replied, five Fianna Fáil councillors and one from the Labour party.
Below, you can check out what each of them propose could be applied for with the new funding.
Cllr Andrea McKevitt (Fianna Fáil) - Dundalk Muncipal District
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Cllr James Byrne (Fianna Fáil) - Drogheda Borough Council
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Cllr Michelle Hall (Labour) - Drogheda Borough Council
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Cllr Conor Keelan (Fianna Fáil) - Dundalk Municipal District
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Cllr Emma Coffey (Fianna Fáil) - Dundalk Muncipal District
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Cllr Sean Kelly (Fianna Fáil) - Dundalk Municipal District
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