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Westgate Vision announcement welcome, but clarity needed on funding allocation - Imelda Munster TD

29 November, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Imelda Munster has welcomed news this week that funding will be allocated to Drogheda’s Westgate Vision under Project 2040, and has called on the Taoiseach to allay concerns about the lack of detail available on the funding, including what the allocation is and when it will become available.

Speaking this week in the Dáil chamber, Deputy Munster said 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.

Deputy Munster said:

“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.

“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.

“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 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.

Deputy Munster said:

“When this funding comes it will go a long way towards improving a part of the town that has been neglected for too long.”

“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.”

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