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John McGahon / ‘Bridge Street can be radically transformed by URDF’

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Fine Gael senator John McGahon chats with Fianna Fáil councillor Conor Keelan. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

John McGahon says he is “absolutely committed” to secure Urban Regeneration Funding for the north side of Dundalk town, namely Bridge Street and Linenhall Street – areas which were overlooked for such funding when the major upgrades were made to Clanbrassil Street in recent years.

The Fine Gael Senator says he will be lobbying Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Darragh O’Brien about the matter in the Seanad this week about approving an application made by Louth County Council.

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“I think it would be a huge asset to the existing businesses and shop owners that are here,” he said.

“Louth County Council submitted additional documentation in May 2020 to support their original application and it is extremely strong.

“The vision for the area is to radically transform the perception of the area while building on it rich history and to create a new streetscape that will be more attractive to businesses, residents, investors and tourists.

The Government say the Urban Regeneration Fund is designed to drive regeneration and rejuvenation of strategic and underutilised areas within Ireland’s five cities, key regional drivers and other large towns.

The aim of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) URDF is to support more compact and sustainable development, as set out in Project Ireland 2040, through the regeneration and rejuvenation of Irelands large towns – in particular reimagining run down and poorly utilised areas.

Such funding was used to fund much of the Clanbrassil Street and St Nicholas Quarter upgrades in the last two years but the local authority confirmed in 2018 that they had not acquired funding for Bridge Street to be included in such work.

“We must ensure a thriving, functioning town with inclusivity for all members of the community. The application aims to create a townscape which links to and mirrors other areas of town while at the same time redefining the northern access point to Dundalk town,” the Senator continued.

“I am absolutely committed to making sure the Government are aware of how important this funding is for the northern part of Dundalk town. We need to rejuvenises this area of Dundalk to make it more sustainable and successful for businesses and residents alike.”

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