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Thursday 24 July 2014

Council not ruling out selling site

CALL TO ESTABLISH MUSEUM

ALISON COMYN

Published 12/12/2012|11:33

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DROGHEDA BOROUGH Council officials will not rule out selling the old Drogheda fire station site in Scarlet Street to fund the re-development of the fire-damaged buildings in Fair Street.

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Currently being used for storage and parking, the council-owned site could be sold if extra funding is needed to complete the proposed arts faculty in association with DkIT (Dundalk Institute of Technology).

The statement was made by County Manager Joan Martin as Cllr. Frank Gallagher sought a motion to establish a 'Fire Services Museum' on the site.

' This site is regularly broken into, and sees a large amount of anti- social behaviour,' Cllr. Gallagher told the meeting.

'I would like to see his site put to better use, possibly to house a museum for the fire service, and it would stop bad elements from using it for their enjoyment.'

Ms. Martin said that the next refurbishment to be completed would be the Tholsel, and any funds would be used for that.

'A lot of what happens the Scarlet Street site will depend on the Fair Street development,' she replied.

'If there is a shortfall, a possible sale of the site may arise, but we will have no definite answer to that just yet.'

The council offices in Fair Street were destroyed by fire almost four years ago.

Plans are in the offing for the redevelopment of the site into council offices together with an outreach campus for Dundalk Institute of Technology and Louth VEC.

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