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WELCOME FOR SIGNIFICANT FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR GALWAY CITY COUNCIL REVITALISATION PROJECTS


WELCOME FOR SIGNIFICANT FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR GALWAY CITY COUNCIL REVITALISATION PROJECTS
  • Galway City Council Transport Connectivity Project (Galway City Council) – €40.30 million
  • Galway Public Spaces and Streets Project (Galway City Council) – €8.64 million
  • Galway Innovation and Creativity District (Galway City Council) – €4.3 million

The funding of €53.24 Million announced today for Galway City Council has received a broad welcome across the city and the West.

The Urban Regeneration & Development Fund announcement on Friday morning totals €53.24 million and is in addition to €6.31 million previously approved under URDF ‘Call 1’ projects. The Projects submitted by Galway City Council come under the headings of Transport Infrastructure, Public Realm Projects and Innovation:

·         Galway City Council Transport Connectivity Project (Galway City Council) – €40.30 million

·         Galway Public Spaces and Streets Project (Galway City Council) – €8.64 million

·         Galway Innovation and Creativity District (Galway City Council with NUI, Galway) – €4.3 million

This is very good news for the city and a credit to the hard work of all in Galway City Council, Elected Members and staff alike , in putting forward such an inspiring and transformative list of projects which are approved today. It really does place Galway City as the driver and focal point for economic, social, cultural and innovation development for the West.

The URDF applications were submitted by Galway City Council last May following extensive and intensive work on them by many people during Q1 of 2020 and the first Covid-19 lockdown of 2020. The input to the workshops we held with external stakeholders was vital to the strength of the final submissions that were made. The contributions from many last summer in preparing for our presentation to the independent Project Board that adjudicated on our applications was also essential to our positive result.

Cllr. Mike Cubbard, Mayor of the City of Galway said, “I am delighted as Mayor of the City to welcome the funding of these ambitious projects. They will transform our medieval city into a modern centre of innovation and sustainability. We must now knuckle down to deliver for the city and its people.”

Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of Galway City Council in welcoming the announcement said, “I am very grateful to the fantastic team of people who collaborated and worked in such a committed way on these projects. I am very proud of what has been and will be achieved for Galway. This is a fantastic outcome for Galway City Council and the City and these schemes will be truly transformative for this City and the Region.”

Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, T.D. earlier said, “Galway’s projects will result in more sustainable transport and compact growth in the city and will provide new opportunities for residential and employment growth. These projects will also help the city transition to a low-carbon future. The projects for the city’s Innovation and Creativity District and for Oranmore will enable future development and opportunities in these areas.”

Project delivery will be agreed between Galway City Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and will be rolled-out over the coming years up to 2026.