Square works to start

DUNDALK town centre will be transformed in the coming months as construction work on the re-development of Market Square is due to get underway on Monday, March 21.

DUNDALK town centre will be transformed in the coming months as construction work on the re-development of Market Square is due to get underway on Monday, March 21.

The main contractor for the project is John Craddock Ltd, a Kildare-based construction company. According to Dundalk Town Council (DTC), the firm 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.

Welcoming the commencement of work, DTC Chairman, Councillor Conor Keelan said: “I am delighted that work is due to commence shortly and I hope that disruption is kept to the absolute minimum for traders and the general public. I look forward to the completion of the work in late Autumn.”

The Town Clerk, Frank Pentony added that following the most comprehensive public consultation response ever to a DTC project, he was excited that work was to begin next week.

He is sure that the people of Dundalk and visitors to the region alike will be “delighted” with the rejuvenation when the construction work has been completed.

The economic cost benefit analysis for the project has highlighted that the project will create 22 jobs.

It is thought that there will be an investment of approximately e1.8 million on construction and approximately e750,000 will be returned to the Irish exchequer through income and savings as a result of the scheme.