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Friday, 26th November 2021

Minister to meet County Council on future of Laurence’s Gate

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Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan TD. Photo: Andy Spearman.

By Andy Spearman

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan TD, told Drogheda Life yesterday that he will be initiating discussions with Louth County Council on the future of Laurence’s Gate and how best to promote it in terms of attracting visitors to the town.

Mr. O’Donovan, who was visiting Drogheda on the invitation of local Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, said: “The integrity of Laurences’s Gate is maintained by the OPW on behalf of the Council and our first priority is to ensure that we hand it on to the next generation in pristine condition.”

“We are here today to explore ways that we can work with Louth County Council, but more particularly with the local community, to put our assets to use for the benefit of the people of the town and to enhance its tourist offering.”

“There was damage done in the past by traffic but looking after it is now our primary objective. We’ve had a good look around today and now we’re going to consider how, along with Louth County Council, we proceed from here.”

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Asked about the paucity of work that has been carried out on the surroundings of the Laurence’s Gate since it was closed to traffic in 2017, Minister O’Donovan said:

“It is a national monument so we have to be very careful what we do, we can’t go drilling holes in it or anything like that.” 

“What goes on with the area surrounding the Gate is the responsibility of Louth County Council so the street furniture and things like that is their responsibility.”

He said that he had spoken to the Director of Services with Louth County Council Collette Moss who will be working with them going forward.

“Laurence’s Gate is a strong symbol for Drogheda and for Louth and how it is promoted and cared for to bring people into the town is something that we are interested in finding out how to achieve" he said.

“There’s nothing like this anywhere else in Ireland so it’s important that it is looked after.”

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