Open Meeting on the 2040 National Development Plan

The Chamber is holding a briefing for the General Public on Monday the 21st January 2019 at 6.30pm in the County Museum, Dundalk to outline the DRAFT Plan for this Region.

The National Plan has since the original launch 2 years ago seen a significant change. In the original plan Dundalk was losing it’s “Gateway” status.

Anthony Abbott King of Louth CC briefed local organisations at that time and indicated that Louth County Council would be arguing for a linear city of Drogheda/ Dundalk. This would achieve the targeted population of 50,000 plus.

Paddy Malone met with Minister Murphy and invited him to Dundalk in June 2017. Originally our meeting with him, which was attended by Pat McCormick, Rodd Bond and Paddy Malone was scheduled to last 30 minutes. The Minister was so engaged it lasted 90 minutes plus. The minister stressed that he saw merit in the Drogheda Dundalk concept. The Chamber submission, which we gave to Louth CC before submission, took on board the linear city but also included Newry. We also made significant proposals regarding the North and the issue of Brexit.

When the document was published in November 2017 our concerns had been addressed. The M1 corridor was to be a key growth area. The Plan was to be an integrated Plan meaning that infrastructure projects, transport, communications, health and others would all be part of an overall whole.


The drat regional plan sees the M1 corridor being the key growth region. It gives an emphasis on both Drogheda and Dundalk as regional growth centres. It also identifies Athlone as a regional town.

The plan identifies key areas including:

  • Employment
  • Connectivity
  • Climate change
  • Tourism

It invites the regional centres to bid for Capital Projects within the 2040 budget. Louth CC has already had success in this area. In the context of Dundalk it sees potential in Cross border activities, tourism , DKIT and others.

It is important that we in the town are seen to support the proposal. We in the Chamber are asking people to confirm their support for the plan by contacting the East Midland Regional Authority at



Please feel free to contact or call Tel: 042 9336744