Louth County Council Chief Executive Joan Martin
Louth County Council have welcomed the news that Dundalk has been identified as a key centre for economic growth in the Government’s Ireland 2040 plan, announced on Friday.
Dundalk, alongside Drogheda, are among the towns singled out by the Government in the plan. The two Louth towns are part of the Drogheda-Dundalk-Newry cross border network, in the context of the Dublin-Belfast economic corridor.
“We have a very strong foothold,” Chief Executive Joan Martin said at Monday’s monthly council meeting. “Somebody somewhere listened to us and we have Dundalk and Drogheda firmly established on the national plan. It was a great relief to me when I saw we had been listened to.”
She said that Louth, Dundalk and Drogheda had been “peppered” throughout the plan, which was an improvement on previous such plans.
Martin added that while they could have asked for more, their requests for inclusion were “strategic.”
“Friday was a good day,” she added.