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Monday, 27th June 2022

Huge growth of Drogheda in Meath illustrates boundary review cop-out - Nash

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Deputy Ged Nash pictured at a new housing development at Donacarney which is in the St. Mary’s Electoral District which has seen a population growth of 38.6% since 2016.

Population of town is 46,280, up from just under 41,000 in 2016

“We are still waiting on the appointment of a local authority ‘manager’ for Drogheda which was promised during the last Dail.”

Local TD Ged Nash has said the preliminary census results show “astonishing” population growth in the south Drogheda area which indicates that the 2017 Boundary Review report was a major cop-out that was “hobbled” by the Government. He says the town has suffered ever since.

He says the preliminary results indicate that Drogheda should be in line to retain the title of Ireland’s largest town when the official figures are confirmed later in the year. 

He said the population figures applied against the consistent framework used by the CSO to measure the population of the urban area of Drogheda shows the population has risen to 46,280, an increase of over 5,000 in seven years.

Deputy Nash said;

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“The growth of Drogheda continues apace. Our assessment is that Drogheda is now at 46,280, with Dundalk (including Blackrock and Haggardstown) at 43,850 and Swords trailing both at 42,780.

“The Drogheda figure includes the estates like Grange Rath in Co. Meath and the census has included these areas with ‘Drogheda, Co. Meath’ addresses in recent times.

“The incredible growth of the south Drogheda and Donacarney and Mornington areas neighbouring the town continues with the ‘St. Mary’s Electoral District’ having grown by 38.6% since 2016, adding over 4,500 people.

“This district now has a population of 16,438, dwarfing the Bettystown, Laytown and Julianstown area which has a population of 11,474, up 12.8% since the last census.

“The astonishing growth of the south Drogheda area goes to show how much of a cop-out the 2017 Boundary Review report was.

“It was a heavily politicised process and I am convinced it was hobbled by the government. The development of Drogheda and the interests of people of the town and its environs have been suffering since.

“We are still waiting for a local area plan and a vision for the area, five years on. We are still waiting on the appointment of a local authority ‘manager’ for Drogheda which was promised during the last Dail.”

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