Galway Chamber welcomes the allocation of €62.5 million for Galway Regeneration Projects
Galway Chamber welcomes the significant announcement by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, of €62.5 million of funding under ‘Call 2’ of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF). The URDF part-funds projects aimed at enhancing urban areas to make them more attractive places in which to live, work, visit and invest.
Having made numerous submissions in support of various projects under the Galway City Council Transport Connectivity Project, Galway Chamber is pleased to see that it received the largest allocation of €40 million. The projects include the redevelopment of Céannt Station and surrounding area, Galway Cycling Network and the Clifden railway, pedestrian and cycle bridge.
Galway Chamber is delighted to see that over €8 million has been earmarked to improve our public spaces including Woodquay, Cathedral Plaza, Fish Market, Eyre Square and the city centre pedestrianised streets. Public spaces are an important asset to a city and spark economic development as well as being an important social resource.
Commenting on today’s announcement President of Galway Chamber, J.P. Gilmartin, said ‘We welcome this announcement of funding from the Urban Regeneration Development Fund. This is good news for Galway City and County. What is now required is partnership across all stakeholders enabling implementation and delivery of these projects in a timely manner. We have had announcements in the past and for one reason or another they have yet to deliver. We want to make sure this does not happen again.’
Galway Chamber’s CEO, Kenny Deery, agreed by saying ‘We need to build on the announcement of today which will help to realise some of the existing plans in place for Galway. The announcement is another positive step for the ambitions we have for the future of Galway.’