Minister for Employment Ged Nash has welcomed the announcement by government that Louth County Council will receive €2million to help rejuvenate Clanbrassil Street & St Nicholas Quarter.
He said, "Dundalk will share in a €40million scheme through the European Regional Development Fund to improve the public space at Clanbrassil Street and St Nicholas Quarter.
"This resource, to be matched by funds from Louth County Council will in essence extend the work previously carried out at the Square under the previous round of ERDF funding and it will succeed in improving the civic space in Dundalk town centre.
"This is very welcome news and will greatly assist the town and the business community who are working hard to promote the town."
Senator Mary Moran has also welcomed the announcement today that Dundalk is set to benefit from a €2m grant allocation.
'The €2m grant assistance announced today for Dundalk will fund the Clanbrassil Street and St. Nicholas Quarter Rejuvenation Scheme with matching funding provided by Louth County Council.
'This is very welcome news for our town centre and will give a badly needed new lease of life to this area of the town. A number of improvements are expected to be carried out under the rejuvenation scheme and I would encourage Louth County Council to keep accessibility in mind at all times in going forward with this project. Full accessibility is a must for this project.
'I continuously raise the issue of accessibility with Louth County Council officials. I have particularly highlighted the lack of accessibility right in our town centre including An Tain Theatre which is not properly accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues. I have walked the town with wheelchair users assessing the accessibility situation for people with a disability and for people with buggies who also find it difficult to access certain areas of our town centre.
'An excellent accessibility report was compiled in recent years by local man, John Morgan, which I brought to the attention of Louth County Council and would encourage that they look at this report again in light of this funding allocation. Disability groups and local people should be consulted on accessibility needs in the town before ground breaks on this project.
'Full accessibility needs to be a priority in this rejuvenation scheme and I have written to the Chief Executive of Louth County Council on many occasions to highlight this matter.'