St Mel’s re-opening remains on track after council grants planning approval

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

Longford Town Coucil has given the go-ahead for the next stage of the redevelopment of St Mel’s Cathedral.

Longford Town Coucil has given the go-ahead for the next stage of the redevelopment of St Mel’s Cathedral.

Confirmation regarding the decision was made known this morning in what is being seen as a major boost for those leading the building’s overall redesign project.

Much of the work contained in the application surrounds refurbishments to its sanctuary area including the relocation of the Cathedral’s tabernacle, Bishops Chair, alter and baptismal font being relocated to a new look central aisle.

Excavation measures are also contained as well as the planned introduction of a lift allowing access to its crypt, ground, first and second floors.

It’s not known when work on the plans are expected to commence but nonetheless follows hot on the heels of an announcement made in October on a proposed €30m redevelopment project of the 19th century building.