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Sunday, 11th February 2018

Westgate House to be redecorated before Fleadh

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Westgate House - to get a paint job before the Fleadh.

At least one of Drogheda’s many dilapidated and uncared for buildings is to get a lick of paint before the expected influx of thousands of visitors hits town for the Fleadh in August.

Westgate House (pictured above), was built in the late 1700’s and once flourished as a Bed and Breakfast establishment but has been an eyesore at the western entrance to the down town area of Drogheda for many years, is to be redecorated in advance of the Fleadh Cheoil Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has told Drogheda Life.

"Minister for Public Expenditure, Pascal Donohue TD, has confirmed to me that further discussions have taken place between the OPW and Louth County Council to redecorate the facade of the building" O’Dowd said.

"The Minister also confirmed the future use of the property is currently being considered in line with OPW stated policy and upon completion of this review the issue of the full restoration of the building will be addressed" he added.

"After querying the Chief Executive of Louth County Council on the timeline of the works, as the Fleadh Cheoil is just around the corner, I was informed the facade will be addressed in advance of the much anticipated event later this year."

"This building has been a constant eye-sore and was initially to be addressed last year."

“"I anxiously await to see the regeneration plan for Narrow West Street which will be published shortly and I will be insisting on vast improvements in the area over the next 12 months."

"Drogheda is entering a crucial stage in it's development. The Fleadh Cheoil will show the country what a fantastic town Drogheda is to live, work and socialise in."

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