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12/03/21 Council welcomes funding of €18.1m for Letterkenny


Donegal County Council is delighted to welcome today’s announcement by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and confirmed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, that €13.6m has been awarded under the Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) supported by €4.5m match funding committed by Donegal County Council for regeneration projects in Letterkenny town centre.


The investment in the overall project, ‘Letterkenny 2040 Phase 1; Re-energise and Connect the Historic Town Centre’ will help to advance five projects to varying stages of development with a focus on the transition of the historic town centre to a vibrant, accessible and livable place.


The projects relate to priority areas for regeneration and development including:

  • The further enhancement of the Cathedral Quarter
  • The re-purposing of the Courthouse
  • Strategic land assembly towards:
    • Regeneration of Lower Main Street
    • Advancement of a Regional Transport Hub
    • Enhancement of ‘LK Green Connect,’ walking, cycling and parkland infrastructure.


The Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District, Cllr Donal Coyle said, ‘This investment will enable our ongoing regeneration objectives to transform Letterkenny town centre to an attractive, vibrant and healthier place. Critically, it will invest in increasing footfall, bringing more people in to use our town centre on a day-to-day basis, as a visiting destination, for work and business and importantly as a viable place for homes. The planned regeneration measures are now more essential than ever as a key part of the recovery of our town centre in a post-Covid and a post Brexit world. I want to thank Ministers O'Brien and McConalogue, on behalf of the Council and community, for the URDF funding which will help to realise our ambition for the historic town centre of Letterkenny.’


Liam Ward, Director of Community Development and Planning Services, said ‘We are pleased that our application for funding to re-energise and connect Letterkenny’s historic core has been successfully received under the URDF. ‘Letterkenny 2040 Phase 1’ is a transformational urban regeneration project of scale providing for a series of inter-related regeneration measures gravitating along Main Street in the historic town centre.  This project is a strategic step in Letterkenny’s longer term regeneration goal to transform the core of the Regional Cross Border Centre as a great place for people and business as well as a place where public life can thrive. He added, ‘this investment is critical alongside our work to prepare a Regeneration Strategy for the town centre that will establish a roadmap for how we imagine it’s future over the next 20 years together with a pipeline of further regeneration projects and priorities.’


‘The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Rena Donaghey welcomed the announcement and said this is a very important endorsement by government of the need and importance of investing in Letterkenny, our biggest town which is part of the Northwest City Region. The €18m investment will bring significant improvements to Letterkenny and compliment the many other initiatives being promoted by the Council in the wider region.’

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