Mayor of Drogheda Pio Smith with economist Dr Ronan Lyons, senior planner Anthony Abbott King of Louth County Council and architect Emmet Humphreys all of whom were speakers at the Living Cities Initiative meeting at the Highlanes Gallery. Photo Jimmy Weldon.
At last the message seems to be getting out that the centre of Drogheda is in need of urgent attention and investment if it is to achieve its true potential.
Mayor Pio Smith was so pleased with how last night’s symposium on urban renewal and the “Living Cities” initiative went that he is now talking about inviting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe to town so they can see for themselves what needs to be done.
The meeting went really well, 120 people turned up to hear three great presentations from architect Emmet Humphries, Senior Planner at Louth County Council Anthony Abbott King, and economist Ronan Lyons.
"It was great to see so many people turn up on the night” said the Mayor, “there is a very strong desire among Drogheda people to ensure that the dereliction of Narrow West Street be reversed and new life brought back into the centre of the town.
“Louth County Council are actively drawing up plans to make an application for the Living Cities Initiative to be extended to Drogheda. Fergus O'Dowd TD said that Minister Donoghue and Taoiseach Varadkar want to be convinced that the initiative will work.
“I will invite both men to visit the town centre, Donaghy's Mill and Narrow West Street and give them the presentations that were delivered last night” he said.
“Also, I will be starting a petition from next week and I would like as many Drogheda people as possible to sign it.
“If that doesn’t persuade them then nothing will!" he said.