Declan Breathnach TD

Louth (and East Meath)

24th January 2019

Breathnach outlines submissions he made to the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has made submissions to the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy this week.  The deadline for receipt of submissions was Thursday 24th January at 5pm.

“I wrote to the County Manager late last year and expressed the view that this public consultation and opportunity to make submissions should have been publicised more”.

“In my own submission, I expressed my view, that in relation to the planned Regional Hospital for the North East where various sites from Charleville Dunleer (adjacent to the railway network) together with North Eastern HSE land in Ardee were looked at, that it is my firm belief that a site easily accessible from the M1 and close to the rail network would be preferable, to the site at Navan which has been indicated as the preferred option.”

“In relation to tourism I outlined that we need to promote tourism on an all-island basis North and South of the border.   We need joined-up thinking and while lauding the promotion of Ireland’s Ancient East there is also a clear need to market Down and Armagh together with the existing counties included in Ireland’s Ancient East of Louth and Meath as a single entity and a seamless border.  I also outlined the importance of the extension of the various greenways and that all of the greenways in Ireland and Northern Ireland should be capable of being linked.

“I outlined in relation to the Dublin-Belfast corridor that from an economic point of view Louth is in a pivotal position as a linear corridor between Dublin and Belfast with opportunities to develop and attract industrial hubs to the region.

“The proposed linkage of a high speed train network between the two capital cities of North and South must be completed together with the necessary infrastructural development to improve the existing train line capacity between Belfast and Dublin.

“Priority must be given to extending the DART rail system to Drogheda in the shortest time-frame possible.  Project Ireland 2040 had set a deadline for this to be completed by 2027.  In view of the fact that 1,200 people travel by rail from Drogheda and 400 from Laytown daily, I would submit that the DART extension to Drogheda be given priority to be completed far sooner than 2027.

“There are positive spin-offs from Brexit with some companies choosing to relocate to the region from the UK to maintain an EU presence.  It is absolutely imperative, along the Eastern Corridor that the proper infrastructure, with increased housing to accommodate sustainable population growth with a good quality of life is provided.    This would include providing connectivity with high speed broadband as being a basic requirement.   Mobile phone networks need to share infrastructure North and South of the border so that calls do not drop off once the border has been crossed as currently is the case.

“I hope that all submissions will be taken into account with proper consideration given to sustainable planning for the future.


Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)


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