I today met with the Minister for the Office of Public Works Patrick O Donavan TD in Headford to review progress with the €5.5 million investment in the construction of the refurbishment and extension to the Office of Public Works (OPW) Regional Office in Headford.

The Minister and I were accompanied by Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Mogie Maher, Ciaran Cannon TD, Cllr Andrew Reddington, Vincent Lydon Building Contractor along with officials from the OPW design team.

Finna Construction Main Contractors are progressing the project which is now at roofing stage. The new offices will accommodate up to 50 staff including engineers, supervisors and administration staff supporting the region.

“The investment of €5.5 million by the OPW in their regional office in Headford is a very strong statement in support of the management and staff, past and present, who have developed and expanded the regional office.

“The investment also embeds the OPW, a state organisation in the Headford area and will retain jobs and create the potential for additional employment opportunities for Headford and the north Galway area.”

“The project when complete will also regenerate the street scape facing the carpark in the town centre and it is expected that the works will the completed in March 2023”.

“The OPW regional office have overseen and managed many flood relief schemes including Claregalway and Dunkellin and are involved in bringing forward other schemes including at Ballinasloe, Gort and South Galway and Portumna. They also manage the cleaning of drainage channels and they work closely with the Local Authorities in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon”.

“This is a fine example of regional development and is a project I initiated when I was the Minister of the OPW in the last Government”.