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Thursday 30 March 2017

Bertie on whirlwind tour of Louth

An anticipated walk-about failed to materialise in Dundalk town centre, and he only took questions from the press while visiting a day centre for the elderly in Drogheda.Responding to a query from The Argus if he was aware of any good news on the industrial front, given that the preception that Dundalk still lagged behind other areas despite being long talked about as being i

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern made a whirlwind tour to the wee County last Friday, taking in engagements in Drogheda, Darver, Carlingford and Dundalk.

An anticipated walk-about failed to materialise in Dundalk town centre, and he only took questions from the press while visiting a day centre for the elderly in Drogheda.

Responding to a query from The Argus if he was aware of any good news on the industrial front, given that the preception that Dundalk still lagged behind other areas despite being long talked about as being ideally placed between Dublin and Belfast on the East Coast corridor to benefit from the economic boom, the Taoiseach painted a positive picture.

“Dundalk is improving all the time, like the rest of the country we have lost a lot of the old manufactureing companies but on the other side we are bringing in high quality jobs in food production, IT sofware, and financial services, and in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, In fact Dundalk has been earmarked by the IDA as one of three stageic sites in the country for development.”

Pointing out that 100 jobs were being announced that day as part of a ?10 million investment by Smarthomes in Dundalk, he noted that the town was “ a tremendous localtion for business with its links to both North and south.”

Asked if it was not time to make Louth into a five-seat constituency, given its rapidly growing population, the Taoiseach said “this is not a matter under our control but hopefully that will happen if the population keeps growing as it has been doing.”

“Maytbe the only time we will have to worry about that is when the country is reunited,” quipped Dermot Ahern.













Taoiseach Bertie Ahern enjoys his new iPod presented to him by Sean Gallagher, Smarthomes during his official opening of the plant last Friday. See pages 76-79 for more on his visit

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