Consultancy experts netted more than €40,000 of taxpayers money to market Longford town's Northern Quarter in a bid to kickstart Longford town's regeneration drive.
Newly released figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Leader show how over €42,000 was handed to Dublin based firm Colliers in a bid to breathe new life into the former Connolly Barracks site and its surrounds.
They show approximately €24,600 went towards what have been described as exploring ‘Longford options and strategy’.
A bill totalling €17,527 was similarly amassed on the plan’s ‘seeking of expression’ stage.
They come a matter of days after it emerged council bosses have so far forked out close to €3m on a range of goods and services during the first three months of this year.
The vast bulk of that outlay, or almost €1.2m, was spent on acquiring four new homes with insurance costs, IT and other service charges making up the remainder of an overall €2.99m outlay.
Separetely, there was further positivity surrounding the eagerly awaited arrival of Center Parcs in 2019 with the UK leisure giant's decision to appoint a general manager.
Kildare native Daragh Feighery is the first official employee to be recruited to the proposed €233m Longford Forest at Newcastle Wood.