Govt announces €40m grant funding for gateway and hub towns - Donohoe

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Designated Urban Centres Grants Scheme 2014 – 2020 will enable €127m investment in sustainable transport and urban regeneration measures

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement of €40 million in European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant assistance for local authorities for designated gateway and hub towns across Ireland.  The scheme will enable investments in sustainable transport and urban regeneration measures in Irish urban centres to the tune of €127 million for the period 2014-2020. ERDF is providing €40 million to the projects, which are co-funded by the local authorities.

Minister Donohoe today joined Ministerial colleagues, Kelly, Humphreys and Coffey, for the announcement by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, in conjunction with the (i) Southern Regional Assembly and the (ii) Northern and Western Regional Assembly. in respect of the proposed local authority capital projects around Ireland that have been approved for ERDF grants under the Designated Urban Centres Grants Scheme 2014 – 2020.

Projects that have been awarded funding are located in Cork, Dublin (incl all 4 LA areas), Limerick, Waterford, Ennis, Kilkenny, Mallow, Tralee, Wexford, Athlone, Dundalk, Galway, Letterkenny, Mullingar, Sligo and Tullamore.

The aim of the ERDF Scheme is to improve the urban environment and revitalise Irish urban areas. It makes capital funding available to tackle social, economic, environmental, climate and demographic challenges and to contribute to an improvement in the development potential of Irish urban centres.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, stated: ‘I’m particularly pleased to see the number of sustainable transport measures being funded under this call. We’ve seen a significant growth in the numbers cycling over the past few years due to the continued investment in cycling infrastructure by my Department, the National Transport Authority and local authorities. The measures announced today will see that growth continue. This also ties in with our recently launched National Physical Activity Plan and shows this Government’s commitment to sustainable transport modes. I’m pleased to see, for example, that Limerick is continuing to seek to improve its sustainable transport provision under this scheme, following on from €9 million granted to them under my Department’s Smarter Travel Area funding stream. The commitment to funding urban regeneration also ties in neatly with my responsibilities for tourism as these funds will make these towns and cities more attractive not only to live and work in but to visit.’

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD said: ‘There is a strong correlation between healthy and vibrant urban centres and the creation of an attractive environment and enterprise development within the wider region. Strong urban centres enable their regions to realise their potential in attractiveness for business investment for Foreign Direct Investment for talent and for tourism and to create conducive and attractive locations for investment and for people to live and work in. This investment in sustainable urban development recognises our cities and towns as the engines of the regional economy. This scheme will provide grant assistance to designated local authorities for urban capital projects. I am delighted that sustainable urban development is being prioritised for funding, and that the investment being leveraged by these projects has the support of €40 million ERDF grants as announced today’.

Press Office, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, 01 604 1090 / 01 604 1093

Note for Editors

A pilot Gateways and Hubs Grants scheme to administer urban renewal projects was introduced under the 2007-2013 Regional Programme. This model is being retained to operate the new Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme.

Local Authority Capital Projects eligible for grant assistance for Sustainable Urban Development under ERDF 2014-2020






Grant €

Cork Co. Co. (Mallow)

Redevelopment of Mallow Town Hall – project to redevelop the Hall as an Arts & Cultural Centre


Kilkenny Co. Co.

Abbey Creative Quarter Project

(Revitalise & regenerate the former Smithwicks Brewery  site area, develop linear park, public realm spaces, provide street with pedestrian & cyclist priority, etc)


Waterford Co. Co.

Public realm regeneration of Waterford City urban core – project to create a high amenity, high quality durable public realm


Wexford Co. Co.

Redevelopment of City Quays Area

upgrades to Wexford Quays and Crescent, incl Trinity Wharf & related public realm areas


Cork City Gateway

Marina Park – project to develop Marina Park area, and the environmental enhancement of Monahan Road link with the Marina Park area


Cork City Gateway

Harley Street Pedestrian / Cycle Bridge  - proposal to provide a dedicated cycle and pedestrian bridge across the North Channel of the river Lee


Limerick Gateway

URBAN CENTRE REVITALISATION – to include improved public realm, widened footpaths, re-aligned bus corridors, better traffic management


Limerick Gateway

SHANNON TOWN PARK – redesign Rineanna Park with circulation footpaths linking town centre with schools, community facilities & walks


Kerry Co. Co.

Tralee Town Centre West, Urban Development Project


South Dublin

Dodder Valley Greenway (South Dublin Co. Co.) – complete 2 phases of the scheme to install & extend cycle and pedestrian routes


Dublin City

Forbes Street Pedestrian & Cyclist Bridge (Dublin City Co. Co.) – provide an architecturally sensitive bridge to allow river passage & improve pedestrian and cyclist flow and access to this part of the city



Swords Castle Cultural and Civic Quarter (Fingal Co. Co.) – Upgrade the Castle and surrounding buildings,  regenerate the area


Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown

Dun Laoghaire Baths (DLRD Co. Co.)– project to migrate pedestrian footfall to the town centre, to retain the baths, to create pedestrian and cycle routes to the town centre and to provide new swimming facilities and jetty


Clare - Ennis

New County Library  - construction of a new county library



Church Street Enhancement



Clanbrasil Street and St Nicholas Quarter Rejuvenation Scheme



Galway City Library and Cultural Centre - project to build a city library & cultural centre



Joe Bonner Link Road - to upgrade link road to enhance walking & cycling infrastructure



Social Enterprise Building  -

proposal for a new building



Town Centre Linkages

proposal to upgrade footpaths & enhance walking infrastructure



Enhancement of Mullingar Town Centre Civic Areas



O'Connell Street Enhancement



Cranmore Services Centre – provision of a new Community Centre



Tullamore Street Enhancement Project and Millennium Square to Distillery Lane pedestrian bridge and walkway







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