Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called on Louth County Council to give the utmost priority to the application for funding for the Northern Cross Route under the LIHAF programme.
The window for applications opened on 1st February, and is due to close on 31st March.
Deputy Munster said:
“This is the third opportunity to apply for funding, with the council previously submitting two unsuccessful applications.
“The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, following a proposal I made to the Minister after the last unsuccessful application, organised a workshop on the 5th February last, and I was glad to hear that two senior staff members of Louth County Council were in attendance.
“It is imperative that the new application fits the new defined criteria, and it’s also imperative that this is a case of third time lucky for the application.
“Once Louth County Council have confirmed that the application has been submitted, and once I have seen a copy of same, I will pursue it with the Minister to ensure that this vital piece of infrastructure, that has been in planning since 2006, can finally get the go-ahead from government.
“We can no longer put up with daily gridlock in Drogheda. This is about a vital piece of infrastructure and sustainable planning, and it is a must for Drogheda.
“We’ve waited long enough.”