Retailers braced for disruption

CONSTRUCTION work on the redevelopment of Dundalk’s Market Square is due to get underway this week.

CONSTRUCTION work on the redevelopment of Dundalk’s Market Square is due to get underway this week.

After sourcing offices/welfare facilities for his staff, the contractor will probably commence securing the site today (Tuesday, March 22), according to Dundalk Town Council’s John Lawrence.

The main contractor for the project is John Craddock Ltd, a Kildare-based construction company, which has completed many public realm projects including Tralee town centre, six phases of the Limerick City Urban Renewal Project and renewal projects in Shannon, Port Laoise and Abbey Feale.

Traders in the town centre are bracing themselves for a period of distruption over the coming months with the expected completion date of the project set for late Autumn.

The contract provides for the works to be carried out in phases, with the intention of minimising disruption, and it should be substantially completed by late Autumn.

Twenty-two jobs will be created by the project, which will see an investment of e1.8 million on construction.

It is also hoped there will be a spin off for local business.

According to Mr Lawrence, the EU grant and funding from the Council’s own resources will deliver an “enhanced urban space and restore vibrancy to the town of Dundalk”.