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LOUTH could help to regenerate the Irish economy by playing a major role in revolutionising the country’s energy infrastructure.

LOUTH could help to regenerate the Irish economy by playing a major role in revolutionising the country’s energy infrastructure.

The potential of the Wee County to contribute to job creation in the green energy sector was highlighted at the East Coast Smart Green Growth Conference.

Organised by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, the event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk on Thursday, June 9.

The conference was run in association with Louth Economic Forum and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Pictured (right) at the Louth Economic Forum conference are Dundalk Chamber of Commerce President Paddy Malone, Chairman of the Louth Economic Forum Padraic White, and Louth Fine Gael TD’s Fergus O’Dowd and Peter Fitzpatrick.

The conference was chaired by Mr White and guest speakers included Brian Britton of NOW Ireland, Bob Hanna of the Department of Communications, Louth Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for the NewEra Project Fergus O’Dowd. SEAI Chief Operations Officer, Brian Motherway, praised Dundalk’s leading role in Smart Green innovations including the DkIT wind turbine and O’Fiaich College solar panels. “The East coast’s potential should not be underestimated with Louth playing a central role in Ireland and Ireland playing a huge role on the world stage.

“If we can build on today then I really think the world is our oyster,” said Mr Motherway.