Women’s Aid Dundalk could soon be operating a new refuge and community service at the De La Salle Monastery House.
Dundalk Town Council granted planning permission to change the use of the building from residential to women’s refuge and creche.
An objection was raised with An Bord Pleanála by the Louth Environmental Group, which was overturned.
Louth Local Authorities is reviewing proposed cuts of over 50 per cent in its funding to Women’s Aid Dundalk which could affect the outcome of the planned centre “We are still unsure of what is happening about this building,” a spokseperson for Women’s Aid said. “We are trying to sort out funding. It will be clear in the next few weeks if this project is viable.
“We would really like to move into this premises. We have a great vision for this community service. It seems like the monastery was built for us.
“Regardless of what happens, we will still remain a support to the community in some form.”
The refuge is looking to expand its service. Although financial would make it difficult. The Dundalk shelter also caters for women from Monaghan and Cavan.
The Monastery was built for the De La Salle order in 1902. At one stage, up to 14 brothers lived there.
The brothers ended the 112-year link with Dundalk in September 2011.