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€500m funding boost for Irish urban regeneration projects

Words: Roger Milne
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A total of 15 large-scale regeneration projects across Ireland have been awarded government funding of nearly €500 million. Eight of the schemes are in greater Dublin, the rest in the Midlands and north-east regions.

The focus is on inner-city redevelopment, strategic infrastructure, transport, public realm improvements, transitioning to low-carbon development and improving town centres.

The respective local authorities will receive the funding. In the case of the greater Dublin schemes this means Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, and South Dublin County Council.

The biggest single tranche is an allocation of €176.6 million to South Dublin County Council in respect of infrastructure for the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone.

The SDZ is one of the most strategically important land banks in the state. Support for the Clonburris proposal will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration and development of one of Ireland’s largest underused sites – the wider South Dublin area and the Dublin region at large.

The funding will pay for new link roads, utility corridors, bridges, pumping stations, public parks, so-called regional attenuation ponds, and community centres.

Outside of the Dublin conurbation, placemaking and regeneration schemes in Laois, Longford, Offaly, and Westmeath are involved as well as a “remote-working centre” in Cavan; the regeneration of Dundalk; and the masterplan for a new urban quarter in Monaghan town.

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