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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (143)

Fergus O'Dowd


143. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport if a commitment will be made to liaise directly with the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to assess the feasibility of Louth County Council’s Drogheda Northern Cross Route (PANCR) proposal through the urban regeneration fund from a joint perspective similar to the successful Waterford north quays project in which his Department committed €30 million towards the final project through the NTA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53495/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Louth County Council is the statutory planning and road authority for its area of responsibility. It is, therefore, a matter for Louth County Council to consider options regarding the development of the proposed Drogheda Northern Cross Route (PANCR) scheme.

It is my understanding that Louth County Council has engaged directly with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) concerning funding for the proposed Port Access Northern Cross Route (PANCR) under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

My Department also met with the Council earlier this year to outline the Public Spending Code project appraisal requirements for any proposed transport scheme, including the need for the preparation of a Strategic Assessment Report. No funding application has been submitted to the Department for the Drogheda Northern Cross Route project.