Balbriggan Rejuvenation gets €25.4m boost
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and TD for Dublin Fingal Darragh O’Brien has today [March 5th 2021] announced a transformational €25.4m fund for the Balbriggan Rejuvenation project.
Minister O’Brien said the funding would drive the regeneration and rejuvenation of the town with a particular focus on the harbour and town centre renewal.
Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “I am really delighted to be in a position to announce this extremely significant funding for Balbriggan which will not only go towards the rejuvenation and regeneration of the harbour and town centre but will also act as a key driver of the local economy, creating employment and giving local businesses a boost.
“Under Call 1 of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) Balbriggan received over €2 million. Now, under Call 2, a game changing sum of €25m has been allocated which is absolutely a vote of confidence in the town and indeed the wider North Fingal area by this Government.”
Minister O’Brien paid tribute to Fingal County Council for their work in submitting a successful application, to local representatives for their backing of the proposal and to the ‘Our Balbriggan’ organisation, who are the driving force behind the regeneration in the town.
“As we know, Balbriggan is home to one of the youngest, fastest growing and most diverse populations in Ireland. There is an unmatched determination across the community of Balbriggan to build a bright future for the area. There is so much history to this town, Bremore castle, a beautiful beach and a working harbour - it has so much to offer and the redevelopment plans will help to make it thrive.
“An ‘Our Balbriggan’ survey, which a quarter of the local population participated in, found that there was an overwhelming desire to redevelop the heart of the Main Street opening up the centre of the town to Millpond Park and the Bracken River, with new landscaped civic amenities. We are listening, their voices have been heard and this funding will go towards doing just that.
“I really look forward to seeing these plans progress. I am deeply committed to the project and to this town as a Dublin Fingal TD – we all want to see it prosper,” he concluded.