Deputy Imelda Munster.
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has welcomed this week's announcement that funding is to be allocated to Drogheda’s Westgate Vision under Project 2040 but has called on the Taoiseach to allay concerns about the lack of detail available on the funding, including how much the allocation is and when it will become available.
Speaking in the Dáil chamber, Deputy Munster that there were concerns in the town around the total lack of detail around the funding, which is in contrast with allocations given to other towns in the plan.
“Dundalk’s Long Quarter was given a specific allocation, which is to be welcomed. It is a pity that Drogheda’s allocation was not announced too” Deputy Munster said.
“Drogheda has been identified as one of five regional cross-border drivers along with Sligo which got a specific allocation of €5 million, Letterkenny which got a specific allocation of €1 million and Dundalk which got a specific allocation of just over €0.5 million.”
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“People are concerned about the lack of clarity, in particular given the previous treatment of Drogheda in Ireland 2040, which relegated the town to third tier status.”
“We need to know how much funding Drogheda’s Westgate Vision will receive, and when we will receive it.”
In his response to Deputy Munster’s question, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar did not provide detail on the allocation for Drogheda, saying only that it would be allocated in 2019.
Deputy Munster commented that the funding is badly needed in Drogheda. “When this funding comes it will go a long way towards improving a part of the town that has been neglected for too long” she said.
“It is vitally important that any funding given will be sufficient to regenerate the area, which will not only benefit and promote tourism for our town, but will also improve the area for the local businesses there and will encourage other businesses into this part of town.”