Renewal plan for Longford

The offices of Longford County Council. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Longford could be in line for a major regeneration project, similar to the one which has helped revitalise large swathes of Limerick’s most socially deprived housing estates.

Longford could be in line for a major regeneration project, similar to the one which has helped revitalise large swathes of Limerick’s most socially deprived housing estates.

Local politicians want Longford County Council to examine the possibility of replicating the Limerick model which carried an initial price tag of €3bn following its launch in 2008.

A number of councillors, including executive members travelled to Limerick in recent days for a two-day tour to see the changes that have so far taken place.

Talks were also held with Limerick county council official Pat Dowling, the man who has been largely credited with driving the Limerick regeneration blueprint.

In the wake of those discussions, a number of councillors are this week pushing for similar plans, albeit on a much smaller scale, to be replicated locally.

It is believed the plan could be real possibility although council executives refused to discuss the issue ahead of this week’s meeting of Longford County Council.

Meanwhile Fianna Fáil Cllr Martin Mulleady said the idea could work wonders in helping to rejuvenate areas which had fallen foul of economic and social deprivation.

“What we need is a committee to be set up and a plan put in place that can look at securing funding from the Department (of Environment).”

Also backing the proposals are Cllrs Gerry Warnock, Mark Casey, Paul Ross, Seamus Butler and Micheal Carrigy, all of whom tabled motions on the topic at today’s (Wednesday) Co Council meeting.

“If we, as a county, want to see meaningful results in the short to medium term, this has to happen,” Cllr Warnock told the Leader.