By Dan Walsh
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, on a tour of Co. Wexford today, was taken on a brief tour of Wexford County Council’s flagship urban regeneration project at Trinity Wharf in Wexford town.
Mayor of Wexford Cllr Garry Laffan welcomed the Minister to Trinity Wharf, which recently was awarded more than €18.4 million in funding by the Minister under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).
The 10-acre development is central to Wexford County Council’s ambitious plans to attract foreign direct investment and high-quality employment opportunities to Co. Wexford, with overall project investment estimated at €120 million, including €24 million of public investment.
Speaking from Trinity Wharf, Minister O’Brien congratulated the members and executive of Wexford County Council in bringing their ambitions for the county through to reality.
““Standing here today on this magnificent site, I can clearly see the immense ambition and significance of this transformational project and it’s potential to drive forward the economic development of the entire county of Wexford over the next number of years” said Minister O’Brien, who added; “I am delighted that I and my colleagues in Government have had the opportunity to support you, the elected members and executive of Wexford County Council as you embark on the road to developing Trinity Wharf as a multi-use regeneration project of regional scale” he concluded.
In a further vote of confidence in the Trinity Wharf development, Minister O’Brien took today’s opportunity to publicly announce that the headquarters of MARA, the new national maritime area regulatory authority, are to be located at Trinity Wharf, bringing dozens of high-quality public-sector jobs.
Also attending today’s event at Trinity Wharf was Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, Mr. Tom Enright, who described Trinity Wharf as one of the most exciting and ambitious economic developments projects ever proposed in the county.
“Regeneration projects such as Trinity Wharf are about taking a diverse set of needs, including economic, social and recreational and integrating these into a progressive, modern, fit-for-purpose multi-use development project that we believe will transform the economic and social landscape of the entire county”said Mr. Enright.
Mr Enright also praised the elected members of the Council who he said had been “unflinching” in their support of the Trinity Wharf project since its inception in 2016, adding that the development of Trinity Wharf would prove a welcome stimulus for investment as the economy emerges from the current Covid-19 crisis.
Mr. Enright also welcomed the Minister’s announcement that the new Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) is to locate its headquarters at Trinity Wharf, describing the announcement as a timely and visible example of the Government’s strong support of the Trinity Wharf development.