Longford poised to thrive, insists council chief

Longford poised to thrive, insists council chief

Longford is on the brink of a significant breakthrough, if the ambitious plans of new Chief Executive of Longford County Council Paddy Mahon are anything to go by.

With the €233 million Center Parcs Longford Forest holiday resort set to bring a massive boost to the county’s economy, it’s time for Longford to start preparing for the huge influx of visitors it will see as a result.

In a wide ranging interview, Mr Mahon revealed that in order to compete with neighbouring counties for visitor numbers, Longford needs to have motorway access to the capital, and the natural gas line needs to be extended to the county.

Mr Mahon also highlighted the recently launched €43m capital investment plan covering headline topics from housing to infrastructural modifications, and the benefits this plan will have on the county.

“We have a lot of work going on in town and village renewal schemes and have got significant grants from the Department of Rural Affairs in that area, but also in the REDZ programme (Rural Economic Development Zone),” outlined Mr Mahon.

“There is money to build a pedestrian bridge to improve the whole interactivity around the town so there is a lot of money coming in from the State that might not have come in the past, and there is a prospect of simliar monies coming over coming years, which gives us a degree of confidence to plan for the next three years.”