Sligo Chamber welcomes ‘game-changing’ projects for town centre

Sligo Chamber of Commerce CEO Aidan Doyle has described as ‘game-changing’ the announcement by Government today of significant funding to transform and regenerate several key areas of the town centre.

More than €47 million has been allocated to build two new libraries, redevelop a cutting-edge county museum, and enhance several streets and public spaces in the town centre.

The funding was announced by as part of a new package for the North West which aims to provide a stimulus for economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the projects to be funded are:

  • A new cultural and learning hub that will include a library to be developed by Sligo County Council and IT Sligo called City Campus. It has been awarded funding of €28.68 million.
  • Public Realm projects will see €19.16 million spent on re-designing streets and spaces to make them more attractive and pedestrian friendly and encourage visitors to the town.

The streets earmarked for an exciting new redesign and development include Market Cross, Quay Street Car Park, Markievicz Bridge, and the Old Market Street/Teeling Street junction.

Commenting, Sligo Chamber CEO Aidan Doyle said: “These are game-changing projects that will make Sligo a better place to live, work and invest in. This funding can be a catalyst for regeneration, development and growth. It will also provide much-needed economic stimulus and job creation in Sligo as our economy emerges from the depths of the pandemic.”

 The Sligo Campus project will develop under-utilised land to bring opportunity and new vibrancy to a place.

Sligo’s Public Realm project will not only enhance the quality of life for people who live, work and visit the town but should help attract investment in developing existing brownfield sites.”